Fi­nals im­press bas­ket­ball fans

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bec Singh

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.

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