Hor­nets sting Orl Blaks to win ti­tle

Broome Advertiser - - SPORT - Carly Laden

After tak­ing a leave of ab­sence dur­ing the wet sea­son, the Hor­nets have con­quered their way to the top, win­ning the grand fi­nal of the Broome Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2018 dry sea­son com­pe­ti­tion.

In the fi­nal bat­tle for supremacy, the Hor­nets took on the 2017-18 wet sea­son pre­miers Orl Blaks in an in­tense show­down on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 20.

Orl Blaks were quick to get things go­ing on the score­board although a strug­gle for the ball quickly en­sued.

The Hor­nets were able to make up some early ground and build a nine-point lead at quar­ter-time.

The sec­ond quar­ter showed great de­fen­sive pres­sure from both teams in a rel­a­tively even con­test mid-court.

The Hor­nets con­tin­ued to ex­tend their lead with the likes of Sey­moure Far­rer, Kevin McKen­zie and cap­tain Zeke McKen­zie the stand-outs.

Orl Blaks’ Dion Par­ri­man looked to step it up for his team as the Orl Blaks had some se­ri­ous work to do to over­come a 16-point deficit at half-time.

After the main break, the Hor­nets con­tin­ued to rule the court although the Orl Blaks were look­ing for a come­back.

Ash Bell be­came a stand-out for the Hor­nets with great driv­ing, while Orl Blaks’ William Bernard stood out for step­ping it up for his team.

By three-quar­ter-time, the Hor­nets ex­tended the gap to 18 points.

The fi­nal quar­ter saw Bell con­tinue to stand out in de­fence as the Hor­nets con­tin­ued hav­ing a strong hold over the game.

How­ever, Orl Blaks sup­port­ers were given a glim­mer of hope as they be­gan to edge closer and closer to the Hor­nets. De­spite the late scare, the Hor­nets held on to win the premier­ship 61-40, with skip­per Zeke McKen­zie named Best on Court. Roost­ers’ La­trell Matthews and Gantheaume Point­ers’ Farand Thomp­son were named sea­son MVPs.

Mean­while, in the so­cial com­pe­ti­tion, FBC de­feated the Out­laws 45-37 to win the premier­ship.

The 2018 Broome Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion dry sea­son pre­miers, Hor­nets.

Pic­tures: Carly Laden

The 2018 Broome Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion dry sea­son so­cial com­pe­ti­tion pre­miers, FBC.

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