The two games in Round 10 of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam were both decided by the last possession of the game. Fresh from their senior debuts against the Sydney Kings, Brad Anderson and Yuat Alok were both prominent for Breakers Development against Save Youthtown. Breakers Development edged the first quarter 31-29 but gave up 32 second quarter points to trail 61-51 to a rampant Youtown at half time. The guard pairing of Lindsay Tait and Derone Raukawa combined for 24 points for Youthtown at the half, Brad Anderson leading the Breakers reply with 14 points. The third period was a reversal of the second stanza as the young Academy team, paced by 15 points from Shea Ili, swarmed over Youthtown to take the quarter 34-19. Breakers held the advantage 88-80 with 10 minutes remaining. It was nip and tuck in the final period as the Boucher/Tait led Youthtown jostled with the Anderson/ Ili inspired Breakers. With 2:18 remaining Boucher gave Youthtown a precious 97-94 lead that was cut to one point by a typically muscular Ili drive. The Breakers took the lead with their next offence, Jordan Ngatai hitting nothing but net with a long three. During the remaining 1:13 Youthtown had multiple opportunities to retake the lead but a number of shots rimmed out enabling Breakers Academy to escape with a narrow, exciting win. Final score: Breakers Academy 99 – Ili 31, Anderson 25, Alok 17, Ngatai 10 Save Youthtown 97 – Tait 18, Ana Haku 17, Patrich Bolstad 14, Raukawa 13, Boucher 12. The understrength Mai 88 Sixers took on The Birdmen in the second game of the evening and led 30-21 at quarter time before being overhauled in period two to trail 54-47 at half time. John Harrison and Nick Barrow were in double figures for the Sixers, Rory Fannon and Carl Buck replying in kind for The Birdmen. The Sixers fought back to tie the scores 63 apiece midway through the third stanza before Buck and Houston O’Riley, playing his first game of the season, restored The Birdmen’s advantage – 75-67 at three-quarter time. Despite a Tyler Kerlin three and a Harrison put back The Birdmen were still in charge and when Jaylen Gerrand brought up 100 points for them with 1:20 remaining they were six points ahead. However in the space of 25 seconds Matt Lacey hit a jump shot followed by a triple from a Kerlin assist and all of a sudden the Birdmen were looking anxious. The Sixers comeback was dealt a big blow with 30 seconds left on the clock, Kerlin picking up a technical foul over a disputed shot clock violation call. Gerrand calmly sunk the resulting free throw and another brace of freebies after the Sixers fouled to stop the clock. There was still time for the Sixers to have one final possession to tie the game but an inbounds play went askew and the Birdmen celebrated their second win of the season. Final score: The Birdmen 105 – Buck 31, Gerrand 22, O’Riley 15, Fannon 12, Jahlal Ibrahim 12, Karl Noyer 10. Mai 88 Sixers 101 – Barrow 30, Lacey 26, Harrison 18, Kerlin 16, Thomas Bartlett 10. The two results mean that the finalists of the 2014/15 Summer Jam are decided with two weeks of the regular season still to be played. Save Youthtown (8-2) will meet Breakers Development (7-3) in what promises to be an exciting final. The Birdmen (2-8) and Mai 88 Sixers (3-7) are left scrapping for the minor places.
Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Round 10