Strong finish hands #Yogetit season title
■ Men’s A-grade team #Yogetit stormed home to defeat seasonlong rivals Mayuga Majik by 12 points in the Karratha Basketball Association finals day on Saturday.
The result was something of a surprise as Mayuga has dominated the A-grade table all season, while #Yogetit has been more inconsistent.
Their final opened with three three-pointers in the space of minutes, which said a lot for the quality on show.
#Yogetit came out firing and quickly racked up an early lead over the first half, which they held on to for the rest of the game.
While their opponents have on other occasions come back from behind, this was not Mayuga’s day in attack.
A lot of their shots would not go in the net and tight defensive pressure from #Yogetit did not help.
#Yogetit’s dedication to win the title showed, with player Andrew Logan flying in from Perth to play and Pablo Newton Farley making it on court despite an injury.
The KBA split the women’s B draw into two for the final, and in the newly created A-grade, dominant team Just Us had a 44-15 win over Hello Trouts with the biggest margin of the night.
The Trouts had given the top team a scare in their semifinal the previous week, which they lost by only five points, but Just Us ramped up their defensive pressure this time and it paid off.
Young team the Thunder became the men’s B-grade winners after defeating the Cardinals by 10 points.
The Thunder were ahead almost all game, but the Cardinals were never far behind and minutes from the end there was only five points separating them.
A stellar performance in attack from the Thunder made the difference, especially the efforts of most valuable player Kendall Taylor, who out-ran everyone on court.
The game was not without casualties, though, as Cardinals’ Kael Neill was taken off court with a knee injury.
In the women’s B play-off, Pegy Flyers defeated Cyclones Women 29-24 in a tense game.
The Cyclones, a junior development squad who did well to make the finals against older teams, showed the same determination as in their preliminary final against Goat Trouts and refused to give up, despite being behind for most of the match.
They drew even in the middle of the second half.
But the Pegys had more accurate scoring and experience on their side, and rallied to score enough points to win, despite having only five players.
The juniors played their finals earlier in the day with plenty of close games on show.
Mayuga Majik players go up for a shot.
Cardinals’ Richard Wright shoots under pressure from Thunders’ Shane Mallard.
#Yogetit’s Danford Parata Mayuga Majik’s Harley Alec.