Grand fi­nals a se­ries of close games

Pilbara News - - Sport - Bran­wen Smith

Ex­mouth’s bas­ket­ball sea­son has fin­ished with nail-bit­ing grand fi­nals.

In the Year 2 to 3 grand fi­nal, the Green Ma­chines fin­ished the sea­son at the top of the lad­der by beat­ing the Ea­gles in a close game.

Green Ma­chines’ Ashton Wright was named most valu­able player.

In the Year 4/5 age group, the Cute­cum­bers and Wild Cats fought a hard 40-minute game. The Cute­cum­bers had not lost a game all sea­son, and fit­tingly came away cham­pi­ons.

MVP was awarded to Wild Cats’ ace de­fender Bo Davies.

The Year 6/7 fi­nal was a high­tempo match, with the Gas­coyne Slam­mers fight­ing hard against the all-con­quer­ing Ore­oballers.

Both sides were neck and neck and by half time it was look­ing like the Gas­coyne Slam­mers could pull off the up­set of the sea­son, but in the sec­ond half the Ore­oballers found their feet to claim the ti­tle.

MVP was awarded to Ore­oballers’ Jed Lord.

In the old­est age cat­e­gory of Years 8 to 12, the Base­line Bombers squared off against Noth­ing But Net in a highly charged game.

Both teams went goal for goal dur­ing the first half.

Both sides played hard in of­fence and de­fence for the whole match with a couple of big re­jec­tions from Noth­ing But Net’s Shane Price.

Noth­ing But Net had the edge, tak­ing out the cham­pi­onship ti­tle, while the Base­line Bombers’ Max Per­ret was named MVP.

Ex­mouth Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Zoe Woods said widen­ing the age groups to in­clude younger and older play­ers had been a good move.

Bas­ket­ball will be back in 2016, pos­si­bly start­ing ear­lier for a longer sea­son be­fore the heat kicks in.

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

Wild Cats and Cute­cum­bers in ac­tion.

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