Two years ago
BSA State Champs 18 Men predictions
Since theres no writer for state champs in 2018, Ive taken it up to predict the placings for the 18 Mens State Competition. Hopefully anyone with more Knowledge can post the Womens predictions in the comments.
1st- Woodville - Have stayed strong throughout Summer...
2nd- Centrals - Strong as always but the lack of second year players may hinder the Lions in the long run a bottom age state trio ... could prove influential on the tide of games.
3rd- North - lacking any major scoring options its hard to see the rockets going into the top 2 ...
4th- Eastern Mavs - As weak a Div 1 side as Mavs have had in a long time ...
5th- Norwood - losing players over the last few seasons, Norwood struggled in the Summer Season and also the Easter Classic, but with solid young play off the bench, this team has potential next year
1st - Sturt -looking at the lineup of this side, its hard to picture Sturt dropping a game all tournament, ... you have a near unbeatable team when switched on
2nd - West - A surprising Jump into the 2nd spot, this team is a threat to most teams in the tournament with their relentless offense ...
3rd - Forestville - An inch separates the Bearcats from the Eagles, and that inch comes down to consistency within the eagles team, ...
4th - South - ... the lack of depth off the bench and scoring wings is the downfall for this south team.
5th - Southern - Despite exciting play from young players ..., the tigers dont have the height or fire power to compete with the bigger teams in the tournament, the boys will put up brave efforts in every game, but will ultimately come up short.
SF #1 Woodville V West
A clash between two of the strongest scorers in the state... ... West don't have the defensive capability to match the Warriors offensive threat, and will fall short despite a brave effort
SF #2 Sturt V Centrals
Sturts Dominance has been proven time and time again and this will be their toughest tournament to date, dealing with a strong team from Gawler who aren't new to the big stage,.... but ultimately a battle Hardened, Strong, determined Sturt side boasting 5 State players for SA Metro will come out on top. this is likely to be the biggest game of the tournament as blow for blow will be traded until the final horn.
Bronze Medal Game- Centrals v West
West have had a run of a lifetime and have played well all tournament and now face a team which could easily be playing for gold rather then Bronze. Wests biggest weakness in their inability to protect the paint from Bigs, and scoring guard who can get to the ring as they have no true center to lean on. and this could be the reason why west dont have a great chance as centrals large talented lineup will pose more problems then 1 on the final day of the tournament. ...
Gold Medal Game- Woodville v Sturt
The final game of the tournament sees the two best teams meet. the shooting and firepower of Woodville versus the Locked in Defensive Mentality of the Sabres. The heavy load carried by Woodvilles starting group will be an admiral effort, but the Warriors bench will likely have no answer for the Sabres talented pieces off the bench. ...
(Mod: This post has been heavily edited to remove the names of players under the age of 18, per forum guidelines on the naming of U18 players with commentary on their ability, for better or worse. Where possible, I've left an ellipsis to indicate content has been removed.)