Determination and effort sees boys in grand final
THE Mansfield basketball under 12 squad recently made the journey to Benalla to compete in the annual tournament.
Following the trek to Benalla early on Saturday morning, the under 12A team displayed many skills throughout the tournament.
The first game was against Seymour, and the boys began displaying a strong team approach, listening to their directions and implementing them on court.
They pushed harder and harder in defence and enjoyed a convincing win.
Jimmy Payne was strong in defence and managed to move the ball around quickly, and he also completed some very stylish drives to the basket.
Beau Vogelzang made great positions in offence which allowed him to receive the ball and make good plays to the basket.
Next up was Wodonga, and the boys were feeling confident.
Luke Menhennett used some powerful rebounding and passing to create excellent passages of play, as the boys relied on each other to make good positions to receive the ball, and enjoyed a lot of success on the scoreboard.
Kade Spencer held the opposition back with great defence and hustling at the ball, making good decisions on the court and shooting some very stylish baskets as a result.
The boys enjoyed another great win, and moved on to a match up against Echuca.
Mac Greene was on a mission to intercept and drive that ball to the basket.
He made some fantastic moves, helping the whole team to continue their winning form.
Tom Dunstan was stealing the ball and completing fast breaks throughout the game, his defence powerful, clever and continuous, while managing to score lovely drives to help the team to another convincing win.
The final game for the day was against Castlemaine, with the boys displaying determination and guts against this division one team.
Unfortunately Castlemaine made some quick baskets in the first 10 minutes of the game which they managed to hold until the end.
The boys settled in after the initial shock and matched them for the rest of the game, however, they couldn’t quite make up the initial gap created earlier.
Continuing to listen to their directions and managing to keep the emotions in check, they finished the game with good team work and support for each other.
With the early wins, the team made it into the grand final, only to meet Castlemaine again.
The Eagles were pumped and continued to push in defence and offence, however, were unlucky in the end and left the tournament as gallant runners-up.
A fantastic effort boys, Mansfield is very proud of your efforts.
Thankyou to the team manager Michelle Spencer and all the parents and friends who put up with the side line coaching (screaming).