Giants fall short of fi­nals spot in Big Q

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

THE Gran­ite Belt Giants’ sea­son has reached a con­clu­sion with the lo­cal side fail­ing to se­cure a fi­nals spot in the Big Q Basketball com­pe­ti­tion.

Both the A grade and re­serves side bow out for 2017 af­ter wind­ing up against Toowoomba’s Run­nin’

Rebels on Satur­day.

The young re­serves side kept pace with their op­po­nents in the early stoush but couldn’t keep it up.

“Think it ended 45-30. They just had some lapses but up un­til the last quar­ter they were still right in it,” Damian Petrie said.

“I think what’s hurt us, and not to be­grudge other teams, we went into the sea­son go­ing ‘we’re en­ter­ing an un­der 18s team and it’s gong to be a youth com­pe­ti­tion’.

“But be­ing termed a re­serve grade com­pe­ti­tion a cou­ple other teams have played some ex­pe­ri­enced blokes.”

The A grade clash was al­most a mir­ror im­age of the pre­ced­ing game.

Many­lok Malek was in dev­as­tat­ing form for Rebels, notch­ing roughly 40 points him­self in a 89-60 win.

“The sea­son’s been a heap of fun any­way,” Petrie said.

There’s been some con­fu­sion with how the fi­nals will work but Petrie ex­pects War­wick will go straight through as com­pe­ti­tion win­ners, with USQ and Run­nin Rebels to face off in sec­ond ver­sus third for a shot in the fi­nal.

At­ten­tion now turns to the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion which is likely to get un­der way again in April or May.

Petrie’s keen for a women’s com­pe­ti­tion to get off the ground.

“Got to get the women go­ing, couldn’t quite get enough but that’ll be the big thing in 2018. Had some in­ter­ested but not enough to make a com­pe­ti­tion.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW PURCELL

UP FOR IT: The Gran­ite Belt Giants re­serve side took on the Run­nin’ Rebels on Satur­day.

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