By Hayley Wildes
The Casey Cavaliers continued on their winning ways in Round 3 of the Big V basketball season.
The Championship men claimed a win over Hume City, 112-96, as Raheem Lemons (29 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists) again proved he is one of the best players in the league.
Lemons has started season 2019 on a tear, with averages of 26 points and 12 rebounds on an incredibly efficient 69 per cent shooting from the field.
While Lemons again starred on the weekend, Brandon Polk (28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists) and Michael McInnes (15 points and 7 assists) were also fantastic in the impressive win that sees Casey improve to 3-1 on the season to sit third on the ladder.
The Championship women continue to enjoy life in the highest division, taking care of Whittlesea in emphatic fashion at home on Sunday afternoon, 100-67.
In a complete team effort, the load was shared as players put up tremendous numbers across the board.
Sarah Halejian (27 points (5/9 3FG), 9 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals) posted an outrageous stat-line as she dominated on both ends of the court, while Rachel Winters (20 points and 6 assists), Megan Craig (17 points and 11 rebounds) and Jaimie-Lee Jeffs (10 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks) did it all.
The Cavs remain undefeated, 3-0, and sit second on the ladder.
The Youth League 1 women completed an obliteration of Eltham at home on Sunday.
Lauren Tuplin (24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 steals) was a force on both ends of the court in a typical hard-nosed display, while Peta Rhodes (16 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals) and Grace Watson (14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals) were involved in everything.
Casey sits third on the ladder with a 2-1 record.
The Youth League 2 men claimed a home win against Hume City on Saturday night, 93-82.
Casey’s ball movement was far superior to their opponents as they out-assisted Hume 26-13 in a fine offensive display. Blake Taylor (26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists) led the way for the Cavs as five players scored in double figures.
The Cavs sit on top of the ladder with a 4-0 record.
It will be an action-packed fourth round of Big V this weekend at Casey Stadium, with all teams taking to the hardwood.
A Youth League 1 and Championship women double-header tips off at Casey Stadium on Saturday night from 6pm. The Youth League 1 women then travel to Warrandyte on Sunday to take on the Venom.
Meanwhile, a Youth League 1 and Championship men double-header tips off on Sunday from 1:30pm at Casey Stadium.