Karratha riders to represent WA
Women’s B-grade team the Dribblers ended their 2016 run of games on a high note after notching up their second win of the season against the Razorbacks in round 15 on Thursday night.
With the score drawn at halftime and only one point the difference, with five minutes left on the clock, the Dribblers had to dig deep to edge a few points ahead.
They snatched four more to win, 26-22, and get some extra points on the competition ladder.
In the rest of the division, the Goat Trouts beat Sinners 29-14 and Blazers were too strong for the Hawks.
Men’s B-grade teams Prodigy and the Heat had a tense end to their top two match-up game, which the former team only won by one point.
Prodigy looked sharp in the first half and were seven points up by the main break, but Heat fired up and fought back in the second.
They went on to outscore Prodigy throughout the half but fell short on several key chances in the final minutes, while Prodigy did enough to remain a point ahead.
Meanwhile Vipers thrashed the Pelicans by 36 points, the Schoolers beat Cardinals 37-25 and Flakers defeated Redbacks.
The men’s A-grade #Yogetit and Trouts School game went down to the wire, with #Yogetit getting the win by only one point after Trouts missed two free throws in the last minute. Pistons had a big win over Pardoo Kats and Mayuga Majik bested Coral Trouts, 24-19.
In the women’s A-grade matches, Mud Flaps doubled Pegy Flyers’ score with a 15-point win while Hello Trouts defeated Falcons 3217.
Earlier in the week, a different style of basketball was on show in Roebourne in a trial run of the smaller, faster 3-on-3 game format, where players are divided into two teams of three and compete over half a court and one ring.
About 50 Roebourne and Karratha students attended the tournament, preceding junior skills clinics put on by the Pilbara Department of Sport and Recreation, Basketball WA and Roebourne community stakeholders on December 12.
The Roebourne Warriors won the senior division over Roebourne Magpies in a fast-paced game, while the Blue Boys took out the junior competition by beating the Red Boys.
Department Sport and Recreation Pilbara regional manager Brendan Cullinan said the event had been held to promote engagement and physical activity.
“Basketball is a very popular sport in Roebourne and we look forward to building on the success of this program,” he said.
Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan West Pilbara activity community co-ordinator Rochelle Dolby said the students involved had shown good skills and sportsmanship.
Prodigy’s Eugene Alindog under pressure from Heat’s Teancum Clarke.
Sinners and Goat Trouts players tussle for the ball.
Pistons’ Dwayne Toby looks to pass around Pardoo Katz’ Jonathon Brown. Pictures: Alicia Perera