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  • Writer's pictureJohn Goncalves


Bavaria Blue Stars started the Elite Round of the GABBA League, where the title will be decided, with a hard-fought win against Lincoln Bayside, and, on current form, must be ruing their 3 first-round defeats against the other title contenders, as well as against Lincoln Bayside. Europa Valmar are the beneficiaries of this result, which leaves them unbeaten, on top of the table. Lincoln Bayside now have 2 defeats, with Bavaria Blue Stars and RCA Bricklayers on 3 each. It’s not over yet, but Europa Valmar’s advantage is massive, in the circumstances.

In this match, Angel Guerrero’s 12 points led BBS to an 18-14 lead after an even first quarter. LB were just 1 point (30-31) behind 2 minutes from half-time, but Thomas Yome led a 13-0 run with 11 points - he had 16 in the quarter - to establish what was to be a telling 44-30 scoreline at the break.

LB went 18 down early on resumption, before Jamie Mesilio’s 20 points led them to reducing the deficit to 7 points (59-66) by the end of the quarter.

It was a thrilling last quarter to culminate a brilliant match, full of great individual performances, but it was a concerted all round team effort that drove BBS to increase their lead to 13 points (82-69) after 5 minutes.

An equally impressive all-round team effort by LB, particularly with time running out, resulted in a 17-5 run which took them to within 1 point (87-86) with 1 minute to play.

BBS, through a 3 from skipper Nicky Gracia and 2 converted free-throws from Guerrero, sealed the final 92-86 result.

Guerrero led the match with 28 points, with team-mates Yome 24, Chico Ortiz 16 and Gracia 15 in support, Mesilio 25, Seb Cassaglia 24 and Kaylan Balloqui best for LB.

In another match RCA Bricklayers (Ian Yeats 23, Haitham El Hichou 12, Nicky Lopez 10) beat u18 Select (Nathan Vaughan 15, David Connor 13, Theo Dalmedo 11) 66-54.

Results from the Challenger Round, which will proclaim the winner of the previously called Second Division:

Bavaria Blue Stars Reserves 60 (David Pacheco 24, Ethan Penfold 16) - Europa Valmar Reserves 48 (Raul Fernandez 14, Seth Davidson 13);

Lincoln Bayside Reserves 78 (Seb Cassaglia 15, Danny Cassaglia 15, Callum Vinales 14, Charles Billups 14, Dandan Cassaglia 13) - Bavaria Blue Stars Giants 62 (Michael Ruiz 20, Laurent Lejeune 15, Nathan Vaughan 10);

Bavaria Blue Stars Reserves 52 (Pacheco 13) - Europa Valmar Fusion 38 (Pablo Postigo 27);

Hercules Reserves 60 (Jose Berbel 21, Juanma Cabrita 16, Jayro Ledesma 11) - GibYellow Beasts 58 (Gareth Balban 19, Quentin McGlashan 13);

Hercules Reserves 92 (Cabrita 19, Ledesma 17, German Cano 17, Berbel 15, Angel Chozas 14) - Europa Valmar Fusion 47 (Jamie Belilo 12, Andrew Lopez 11).

In the Women’s League, Lincoln Bayside (Annika Perez 18, Valerie Doherty 16, Nyween Morgan 13) beat Europa Valmar (Caitlin Arnold 19, Sheniah Efigenio 10) 48-37.


Louis Dalmedo celebrated Europa Valmar’s u18 League success by amassing an awesome 63 points in their latest 96-69 win over Deloitte Dragons. Enrique Navarro added 17 for the champions, while David Connor 25, Lewis Foster 15, Javier Felice 13 and Tom Appleton shared the points for Dragons.

In another match in this competition, Bavaria Blue Stars (Nathan Vaughan 25, Jonathan Teuma 10) beat Deloitte Dragons (Quentin McGlashan 14).

Meanwhile, Bavaria Blue Stars Blue were confirmed as u17 Women’s League champions, following their 58-19 win over Europa Valmar. Nicola Barbara 21, Isabelle Dalmedo 10 and Brylee Costa 10 led the champions and Rania Sayah 11 was best for EV.

In other matches, the champions (Phoebe Reyes 17, Rihanna King 16, Beau Reyes 12, Barbara 11) beat their Pink team 62-38; and Europa Valmar (Efigenio 16, Ursule Verseckaite 12, Sayah 10) beat Lincoln Bayside (Sofia Afzan 14) 47-33.

In the u16 league, Bavaria Blue Stars (Ben Lejeune 11) beat Lincoln Bayside (Lee Davis 11, Kingsley Sylvester 11) 38-35; and Deloitte Dragons (Tom Appleton 18, Javier Felice 14, Jack Cassaglia 11) beat Lincoln Bayside (Davis 15, Sylvester 14) 53-42.

In the u14Girls League, Bavaria Blue Stars (Brylee Costa 17, Lily Mauro 10, Malak Kriech 10, Nina Linares 10) beat Lincoln Bayside (Ella Savignon 15).

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