Gi­ant start to tour­na­ment sea­son

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

The Deni Ju­nior Gi­ants girls and mixed team dom­i­nated the open­ing tour­na­ment of the basketball sea­son in Swan Hill at the week­end.

A new look U-16 girls did just enough to make the semi fi­nal how­ever were un­able to progress to the de­cider.

The 16s came up again Rochester to go down nar­rowly by five points. The girls’ sec­ond game of the tour­na­ment — an ac­tion packed thriller against Sey­mour — was a stand­out of the week­end.

Deni turned around a large first half mar­gin to draw the game 20-all.

The ex­cite­ment didn’t stop there though as the girls went into their third game, against Mil­dura Heat.

Deni started strong and held the lead for most of the game only to be beaten on the siren with a three-pointer from Mil­dura.

The girls rested up for their last round robin match and on Sun­day morn­ing came out fir­ing, with an ag­gres­sive team game to beat Kerang Raiders 33-17 and progress to the semi.

Deni came up against top of the lad­der Wan­garatta War­riors and were able to go goal for goal for most of the game, un­for­tu­nately just fall­ing short in the dy­ing min­utes to be beaten by five.

Deni U-14 girls dom­i­nated on the court com­ing away with three wins for the tour­na­ment and a close loss to Echuca Pi­rates.

The girls started strong against a tall and ath­letic Mil­dura Heat team com­ing away vic­to­ri­ous 23-15.

The sec­ond game saw them up against Wan­garatta War­riors in a nail-bit­ing two­point win.

Mia Parks was in­stru­men­tal in the game with nu­mer­ous turnovers.

Deni got out to a com­mand­ing lead, only to let Wan­garatta back into the game late. A timely turnover by El­lie Caruso and a bas­ket to Bon­nie Everett sealed a thrilling win 21-19.

The girls then had a big break un­til their 8.30pm game against Echuca.

Deni bat­tled away but were no match for the Pi­rates, go­ing down 23-14.

The Gi­ants played in a con­so­la­tion fi­nal on Sun­day against Wan­garatta. Keen for re­venge all play­ers worked hard in de­fence caus­ing turnovers and al­low­ing An­nie Har­vey to fin­ish with a mas­sive 22 points and com­ing away with an im­pres­sive 32-14 win to fin­ish the tour­na­ment.

Deni Gi­ants’ U-12 mixed team also had a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment win­ning two out of four games and only los­ing by two and three points re­spec­tively.

The first game saw the lit­tlest Gi­ants come up against Bendigo Braves, win­ning in a nail­biter by two points.

The Gi­ants’ morale was high go­ing into their sec­ond game, against Wan­garatta War­riors, how­ever they were un­able to hold out go­ing down by just two points.

The third game saw them take on Mil­dura in what was to be an­other thrilling game.

Mil­dura’s ac­cu­rate shoot­ing was too much for the Gi­ants’ de­fence and they went down 21-18.

The two losses were not go­ing to stop the ever-de­ter­mined 12s and they all dug deep to come away with a win in their last game of the tour­na­ment — 17-10 over Echuca.

Coach Ross Fo­ran was im­pressed by his team’s com­mit­ment and de­vel­op­ment over the week­end, say­ing he’s al­ready look­ing for­ward to an­other suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment in Wan­garatta.

Deni’s U-14 boys A-team had a tough com­pe­ti­tion fin­ish­ing with two losses, one win and a draw against Echuca.

The U-16 boys A-team also came up against some strong and ex­tremely tall teams, how­ever they dug deep to fin­ish with two wins and two losses.

The Gi­ants’ U-18 boys team started well with a win how­ever were un­able to keep the mo­men­tum through­out the tour­na­ment fin­ish­ing with three nar­row losses.

The U-14 boys B-team and U-16 boys B-team both missed out on a win for the week­end how­ever they def­i­nitely im­proved with ev­ery game and are look­ing for­ward to hit­ting the court again in Wan­garatta on Novem­ber 18 and 19.

U-16 Gi­ants player Kayla El­ph­ick shoots a free throw against Kerang Raiders.

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