Finals impress basketball fans
MAREEBA Basketball grand finals have delivered thrilling competition with the games bringing supporters to the edges of their seats.
The junior grand finals were the first games of the afternoon and it is safe to say there is strong basketball talent in Mareeba.
The Junior High grand final between the Warriors and Caviliers had all the anticipated excitement of a big game. At the end of regular time both teams sat on 41 points taking the game into extra time. Caviliers proved too strong and won 56 to 49.
It was great team victory but special mention goes to the Caviliers player Zayd Myrteza who scored 52 points.
He was rightfully awarded best player for the Caviliers.
The last junior grand final was between the Hawks and Andy’s Angels with the Hawks being the clear favourites.
Andy’s Angels stunned the Hawks and won comfortably 59 to 37.
The seniors grand finals started with the women’s game between Dust and the Shockers. Dust’s early momentum from the first quarter continue right through the game, leaving the Shockers unable to find a smooth rhythm.
Shockers fans were left stunned with Dust’s dominance with a 34 to 19 Dust victory.
Dust were dubbed the 2017 women’s club champions.
The last seniors game was a nail biter bringing supporters on the edge of their seats. The experienced Red Devils took on table leaders the Stringrays.
The first two quarters delivered fierce competition and was anybody’s game. Many fans thought the game could go into extra time.
Red Devils were blazing and the Stringrays took eight minutes to score a basket in the first quarter.
A dominant quarter from the Red Devils had Stringrays fans a bit nervous and the score summed the play Red Devils 13 and Stringrays 5.
Stringrays fans found their vocals in the second quarter which saw the Stringrays clutching a three point lead at the end on the quarter.
As the third quarter played on, there was not much between these two sides but the last quarter saw the table leaders the Stringrays capitalise.
Quick baskets in the first few minutes saw a shift in momentum and Stringrays secured a 59 to 44 victory.
Stringrays retiring player David Hawke received the perfect send off.