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It was a suc­cess­ful Wodonga Ju­nior Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment for Be­nalla Break­ers’ squad mem­bers over the week­end with the Un­der-16 girls and Un­der-14 girls run­ner­sup in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The U/14 girls’ first game was a against a strong Bendigo Braves.

Be­nalla was de­feated 30/16, but their con­fi­dence was soon boosted with wins against Sey­mour 23/15, Mans­field Ea­gles 26/11 and a draw with De­niliquin 13/13.

The matches gave their per­cent­age points a boost, which al­lowed the team a fi­nals berth.

In an­other game against an ex­pe­ri­enced Bendigo, Be­nalla was even­tu­ally beaten 27/11.

The Un­der-16 girls had straight vic­to­ries against Mans­field 36/24, Echuca 32/24 and Myrtle­ford 19/15, mak­ing them real con­tenders head­ing into the grand fi­nal.

But Mans­field proved too strong sec­ond time around and claimed victory against Be­nalla 38/29.

Once again the Di­vi­sion one Un­der-16 boys had some great games and wins against Wodonga 43/30 and Wan­garatta 41/28.

They lost to Shep­par­ton 26/25 and to Mary­bor­ough 34/28, and even­tu­ally placed fourth in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Un­der-14 di­vi­sion one boys had some tough games against Bendigo 43/21, Wodonga 48/28, Wan­garatta 26/18 and Echuca 44/30, with nig­gling in­juries within the team not help­ing them.

The re­cently formed Un­der-14 di­vi­sion three boys played their first tour­na­ment and got off to a great start with their first win against Mil­dura 32/18, but their re­main­ing games re­sulted in losses against Mans­field 47/35, Echuca 33/28 and Castle­maine 40/25.

The Un­der-12 boys were de­feated by Yar­ra­wonga 20/10 and Mans­field 28/16, but fin­ished on a high note with vic­to­ries against Mil­dura 23/16 and Bendigo 18/8.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams are look­ing for­ward their next tour­na­ment when the BBA hosts its own on the week­end from Fe­bru­ary 28 to March 1.

Pho­tos, up­dates and draws for the do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion can be ac­cessed on the BBA's face­book page and at www.sport­ing­pulse.com

●Re­sults, Fe­bru­ary 7, 74 play­ers, stroke.

Run­ners-up: Be­nalla Bas­ket­ball Rep­re­sen­ta­tives U-16 girls were run­ners-up at the La­trobe Uni­ver­sity Wodonga Bas­ket­ball's 2015 Ju­nior In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment. From back left, Tayla Gru­bissa, El­lie Cull­hane, Shae Skel­ton, Chelsea Gil­crist, Ge­orgie Ue­ber­gang, Macey Matthews, Ranni Salan, Mim Dal­ton, Chloe Hill and coach Terry Now­land.

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