No pro­gram? No wor­ries

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

AQUINAS Col­lege faced off against some of the na­tion’s best ju­nior bas­ket­ballers in Can­berra this month. De­spite not hav­ing a bas­ket­ball spe­cial­ist pro­gram, the team came away with a win.

AQUINAS Col­lege took out bronze at the 2015 Aus­tralian School Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onships in Can­berra this month.

The cham­pi­onships in­cluded some of Aus­tralia’s best young play­ers com­pet­ing from Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 4.

The team played against Sydney Boys High School for bronze and over­came the com­pe­ti­tion 90-78.

Aquinas Col­lege coach Steven Males said his team’s per­for­mance was out­stand­ing.

“Rep­re­sent­ing WA and to be ranked the third best school in Aus­tralia, con­sid­er­ing Aquinas does not have a spe­cial­ist bas­ket­ball pro­gram, was pleas­ing,” Dr Males said.

“As a team, win­ning the bronze medal was a great achieve­ment,” he said.

Aquinas Col­lege player Corey Shervill was fourth-high­est scorer for the tour­na­ment, av­er­ag­ing 24.5 points per game.

Matthew Selby held the third high­est av­er­age for as­sists, with 4.5 as­sists a game.

“Over­all the team was thrilled with the per­for­mance, how­ever los­ing to the sil­ver medal­ists by two points in round one of the pool games, high­lighted how close the team came to play in the fi­nal,” Dr Males said.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was ex­cep­tion­ally tough, with nu­mer­ous Aus­tralian ju­nior play­ers in at­ten­dance and ar­guably the best Aus­tralian ju­nior bas­ket­baller, rep­re­sent­ing Queens­land, Wil­liam McDow­ell-White, who av­er­aged 36.25 points per game.”

Aquinas Col­lege’s bas­ket­ball team won bronze at the Aus­tralian Schools cham­pi­onships.

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