Up­sets dom­i­nate fi­nals

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Alicia Per­era

Vet­eran Kar­ratha men’s A-grade team the Co­ral Trouts had a fairy­tale fin­ish to their sea­son in the Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion fi­nals on Satur­day, claim­ing their first ti­tle in four years af­ter a dra­matic turn­around in form in the lat­ter half of the sea­son.

The Trouts got out in front early and stayed there in a fast, hard­fought game against Yo­getit, thwart­ing their op­po­nent’s at­tempts to claim a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive pre­mier­ship on a fi­nal score of 37-23.

Co­ral Trouts player Si­mon Kot said pick­ing up a new star player in match MVP Mar­cus Goodes mid­way through the sea­son had in­spired a team-wide lift in morale and skills, trans­lat­ing to a se­ries of wins on-court.

“We were prob­a­bly mid-ta­ble at Christ­mas and since then we’ve won about seven out of the last eight games,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who know how to play, they just need a bit of mo­ti­va­tion and having an X-fac­tor like having Mar­cus play for us made a dif­fer­ence.”

Hello Trouts and Fal­cons faced off in a thriller of a women’s A-grade fi­nal, in which the third­placed Fal­cons gave sea­son-long dom­i­nant side Hello Trouts a run for their money and came within points of claim­ing the ti­tle.

The teams were locked in a draw for much of the game, with Fal­cons two points ahead at half-time.

Hello Trouts gained a nar­row lead early in the sec­ond and re­tained that for most of the half, but were forced to scram­ble when Fal­cons drew even, 13-all, with only five min­utes left on the clock.

Both sides des­per­ately shot to get a few points ahead, and Hello Trouts just man­aged to fin­ish three points clear, 19-16.

The men’s B-grade game was an­other up­set, with last sea­son’s whip­ping boys the Flak­ers com­ing good at the ideal point in their sea­son to best mi­nor premiers the Prodigy.

Prodigy suf­fered from be­ing down sev­eral key play­ers, in­clud­ing men’s B high­est scorer Rabin Buen­venida, and failed to shoot with quite their usual fe­roc­ity or ac­cu­racy, while the sea­soned Flak­ers worked smoothly as a team and were able to calmly con­trol the game. The fi­nal re­sult was 38-25 to the Flak­ers.

Young women’s A side the Hawks had a heart­en­ing win in the women’s B fi­nal, beat­ing close ri­vals the Blaz­ers 25-14 af­ter los­ing to them by one point dur­ing semi­fi­nals. Blaz­ers were pe­nalised six points for be­ing three min­utes late in get­ting enough play­ers on court and did not play as of­fen­sive a game as they needed to to bridge the gap.

Ju­nior fi­nals were also played through­out the morn­ing with some close re­sults in the mix.

Pic­tures: Alicia Per­era

Co­ral Trouts' match MVP Mar­cus Goodes pre­pares to shoot against Yo­getit's Nathan Hall.

Fal­cons' Es­tee Pin­der is pres­sured by Hello Trouts' Jacqueline Gart­ner.

Hawks' Rah­nee Brown tries to block Blaz­ers' Noreena Bero.

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