Strong fin­ish hands #Yo­getit sea­son ti­tle

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

■ 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.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

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.

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