Men take coun­try week cup in thrilling grand fi­nal

Pilbara News - - Sport - ■ Ali­cia Perera

The Kar­ratha men’s bas­ket­ball divi­sion 3 side tri­umphed at the re­cent Bas­ket­ball Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Perth in a thriller of a grand fi­nal.

Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion sent five teams to the cham­pi­onships on March 4-8 — the women’s divi­sion 2 and 3 sides, a men’s divi­sion 3 side, and two veter­ans teams.

KBA pres­i­dent Cassie Perry said the men’s divi­sion 3 side par­tic­u­larly im­pressed, not only win­ning the cham­pi­onship cup, but do­ing it in what she called “the best game I’ve ever seen at the coun­try champs in my life”.

Perry said in the last three min­utes of the fi­nal against Katan­ning, the lead was con­tin­u­ally chang­ing, un­til Ryan Jancey scored a three-poin­ter to put Kar­ratha one point ahead go­ing into the last minute.

Katan­ning then clawed a point ahead with a two-poin­ter, but as the siren sounded, Kar­ratha player Leigh Cover net­ted a goal to hand them the win.

Cover was awarded most val­ued player for the fi­nal.

The women’s divi­sion 2 side also per­formed well. They came third out of six in their draw and were un­lucky to miss out on a fi­nals place on per­cent­age.

Two Kar­ratha ref­er­ees were awarded their badges and level one ref­eree sta­tus at the com­pe­ti­tion.

Perry said there was an over­whelm­ing amount of sup­port for the Kar­ratha teams.

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