Cen­tral boys defy odds to win

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

A group of in­ex­pe­ri­enced pri­mary school bas­ket­ballers has de­fied the odds by win­ning a South Is­land tour­na­ment.

The Year 8 boys team, made up of play­ers from Queen­stown, Re­mark­ables, Ar­row­town and Cromwell pri­mary schools, beat North Can­ter­bury B 36-29 in the fi­nal of the de­vel­op­ment sec­tion in Oa­maru on July 17.

Most of the team were first­time bas­ket­ballers picked from the an­nual Bat­tle of the Basin pri­mary schools’ sports tour­na­ment.

Coach Gra­ham MacDonald said the boys were ‘‘ab­so­lutely over the moon’’ to win after go­ing un­de­feated through­out the tour­na­ment.

‘‘It was amaz­ing. The fi­nal was just that in­tense. We had a few par­ents there [and] you could hear ev­ery one of them scream­ing,’’ MacDonald said.

A 15-1 run in the fi­nal three min­utes of what was un­til then a very even match, en­sured the win.

Guards An­thony Dick­son (Cromwell Pri­mary) and Jerami MacDonald ( Re­mark­ables Pri­mary) led the team as the only play­ers with bas­ket­ball ex­pe­ri­ence and each re­ceived mul­ti­ple MVP awards dur­ing the tourna- ment.

Un­for­tu­nately all the boys were off to high school next year so wouldn’t be able to de­fend their ti­tle.

How­ever, all would try and make an un­der 15 side for the South Is­land tour­na­ment next year, MacDonald said.

The team was, from left, Jerami MacDonald, 12, Re­mark­ables, An­thony Dick­son, 12, Cromwell, Jack­son Jamieson, 12, Re­mark­ables, Xan­dah Gib­son, 13, Re­mark­ables, Ri­ley Jones, 12, Re­mark­ables, Tyler Chal­loner, 12, Re­mark­ables, Tobin Wil­son, Re­mark­ables. Ab­sent Harry Hines-Ca­vanagh, 13, Queen­stown.

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