U16 Nationals: Men's Recap

Day 6

Player of the Day: Tamuri Wigness (QLD North) & Joel Capetola (VIC Metro)


LINE 45 PTS (16/31 FGs, 4/7 3Ps, 9/11 FTs) – 3 RBS – 4 STLS – 

Remember when we said that you’d be hearing more of Tamuri Wigness?

Well, the QLD North guard had another 45 points today.

Status: Officially validated.

We’re running out of ways to describe him.

No series of words seem to do justice to the phenomenon that is Tamuri Wigness.

If he wasn’t before, he is must-see action.

The thing is, it’s not even surprising.

To do it once is special. To do it twice (over a period of three days) is on another planet.

And as a bottom-ager in the quarterfinals of your first Australian Championships? Tamuri Wigness has arrived and is going to be here for a long time.



LINE 11 PTS – 13 RBS – 11 ASTS – 5 STLS 

While Wigness put up big scoring numbers, Capetola put up big numbers in every column.

It would be a great disservice to Capetola’s performance if it was overshadowed by the Wigness Show.

To have a triple-double is rare and to do it with such ease is even rarer.

Capetola never looks rushed out on the court and is always composed and in control.

With such a strong command of the game, he makes things easy for his teammates and for himself.

It’s almost as if Capetola sees the play two steps ahead with unrivalled court vision and passing ability.


Game of the Day


The first of our quarterfinal action lived up to expectations.

NZ had been growing in confidence and momentum with every passing game, arguably looking like the most dangerous team remaining in the tournament.

Following their Day 1 loss to VIC Metro, NZ had beaten teams by an average of 44 points, playing an exciting, physical brand of basketball.

But VIC Country were not deterred.

Coming out of the blocks hot, Dom Ochipinti continued his impressive form from deep, hitting an in rhythm three with his first shot off the bench.

Shalom Broughton also came off the bench for NZ with his typical aggression, making several big plays to put his side up 15-13 at the first quarter buzzer.

Liam Herbert was brilliant in the second quarter in particular. He was doing it all – finding teammates on the roll, being a menace on D and scoring from deep and in the lane with his patented floater.

The game became and up and down affair in the second quarter, which is how VIC Country like to play. They dictated the tempo of the game, using their press to hurry NZ into rushed possessions.

A 21-12 quarter in favour of the VICs gave them a 7-point lead for the half and the momentum as we headed into the finals periods.

In the third quarter, NZ would manage to slow down VIC Country’s up-tempo offence through the effective play of Tom Cowie and Joe Hylton.

The two NZ starters would combine well together, as Hylton would find himself quietly having a strong impact on the game, keeping the score close.

In the fourth, big-time scorer,Jay Rantall would start to find his rhythm.

It was here that he would demonstrate his impressive game smarts. The start of the fourth would see him rattle home 8 straight points including a lovely turnaround jumper.

More VIC Country pressure in both the full court and half court kept the speed of the game just how they like it.

And when Harry Pepper raced away for a thunderous one-hand jam, the statement had already been made.

A late resurgence from Cowie, who put the team on his back, wasn’t enough to claw back the deficit.

The most impressive aspect of this victory was how VIC Country made a team (who were increasingly looking like the team to beat) conform to their style of play.

NZ had an excellent run, but will now play QLD South tomorrow to qualify for the 5th vs 6th playoff game.

VIC Country, however, have WA Metro awaiting them after their impressive victory over QLD South.

VIC Country – Liam Herbert: 19 Pts, 6 Rbs, 4 Asts

NZ – Tom Cowie: 25 Pts (4/7 3Ps), 1 Rbs, 5 Asts



Game Notes

  • VIC Metro’s Paul Tsapaotolis had himself a nice double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds in their win over SA Metro.
  • Wani Swaka backed his POTD with another worthy performance of 19 points (8/12 FGs, 2/2 3Ps), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals to advance to the semis.
  • His joint POTD, Luke Jackson was just as good with 10 points, (only) 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals
  • Unsurprisingly, WA Metro won the rebounding battle 51-24 over QLD South.
  • This rebounding effort was trumped by QLD North’s Donovan Crowe who had a monster 17 today in their win over SA Country and had more offensive rebounds (28) than they did total.
  • Uzo Dibiamaka went nuts from deep today for SA Metro, going 6/9 for the game, including 3 back-to-back-to-back.
  • Coach Cassidy is heading home with the Rebel Cup after his TAS team beat NSW Country in an OT thriller. He got a big effort out of Taran Armstrong (20 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists) and Reyne Smith (24 points, 6/10 3Ps)



VIC Country 79 def NZ 68

VIC Country – Harry Pepper: 10 Pts, 11 Rbs, 3 Asts, 2 Stls

NZ – Joe Hylton: 16 Pts, 9 Rbs, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

WA Metro 88 def. QLD South 59

WA Metro: Wani Swaka: 19 Pts (8/12 FGs), 6 Rbs, 4 Asts, 2 Stls

QLD South – Cooper Ward: 14 Pts, 4 Rbs, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

NSW Metro 91 def. WA Country 51

NSW Metro – Hunter Madden: 20 Pts, 6 Rbs, 5 Asts, 4 Stls, 1 Blk

WA Country – Daniel Jacques: 8 Pts, 6 Rbs, 1 Blk

QLD North 86 def. SA Country 71

QLD North – Michael Selsby: 19 Pts, 3 Rbs, 5 Asts, 2 Stls

SA Country – Jackson Walsh: 13 Pts, 15 Rbs, 1 Stl

VIC Metro def. SA Metro

VIC Metro – Mark Steiner: 20 Pts (9/13 FGs), 8 Rbs, 3 Asts, 5 Stls

SA Metro – Seb Griffin: 6 Pts, 10 Rbs, 4 Asts, 4 Stls

TAS 88 def. NSW Country 87

TAS – Jacob Richards: 14 Pts (6/7 FGs), 6 Rbs, 3 Asts, 1 Stl

NSW Country – Nathaniel McGrath: 21 Pts (8/10 FGs), 8 Rbs, 2 Asts, 1 Stl, 1 Blk




1:00pm | WA Country vs. ACT | Court 5

3:30pm | QLD South vs. NZ | Court 6

5:00pm | NSW Country vs. NT | Court 5

7:30pm | SA Metro vs. SA Country | Court 6



3:00pm | WA Metro vs. VIC Country | Court 1

7:00pm | VIC Metro vs. QLD North | Court 1