Ju­nior ac­tion

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Be­nalla Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s un­der-12 boys and girls con­tin­ued their run of high qual­ity games in the spring do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion last week.

The Celtics took on the Suns and put the Suns un­der pres­sure with a 10-2 open­ing quar­ter.

The Suns, to their credit, never gave in to the pres­sure and fought out the first half to be down by only 10 points.

Darcy Pas­tuszka and Blake Calvert worked hard for the Suns, but the Celtics piled on the points and, with most of the team con­tribut­ing, rounded out a 25-9 win.

On court two it was the in-form Hor­nets match­ing up against the Lak­ers.

Both teams threw ev­ery­thing into the first half in a close con­test and there was noth­ing sep­a­rat­ing them early in the sec­ond half.

The tow­er­ing Zach Sch­luter did his best to lead the Lak­ers but Jesse Lid­ding­ton and the Hor­nets ran away in the end to take the win 24-14.

In the clos­est game of the round, the Heat and the Thun­der bat­tled it out on court three.

The Heat got off to a flyer but that lead quickly evap­o­rated and the Thun­der set about turn­ing the tide and tak­ing the mo­men­tum away from its op­po­nents.

What re­sulted was a great bat­tle for the rest of the game with Mon­tell MacFar­lane and the Thun­der edg­ing Josh Stacey and the Heat by just three points in the end, 43-40.

In the girls’ games Mav­er­icks took on Thun­der, and Hor­nets were up against Magic.

In the first game, Mav­er­icks got the jump on Thun­der to lead 16-8 at the end of the first half and, led by Jas­mine Mil­ner, held off the charge to take the game 26-22.

In the other game, Magic and Hor­nets put on a dis­play of close and com­pet­i­tive bas­ket­ball. Both sides took it in turns to lead dur­ing the fist half, with both play­ing strong de­fence and shar­ing the ball on of­fence.

A time­out in the sec­ond half pro­vided the fo­cus needed and saw the Hor­nets fin­ish the bet­ter of the two teams, win­ning 15-12.

Ef­fort: Grace Cooke puts up a shot for the Hor­nets in Be­nalla Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s last round.

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