A close con­test in fi­nals

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SPORT - By JOHN EIS­NER

LAST Wed­nes­day the Mixed Bas­ket­ball elim­i­na­tion fi­nals were held at the Mansfield Sport­ing Com­plex with two close games.

Up first, league lead­ers, The Big Ballers took on The Cow­boys.

In pre­vi­ous meet­ings the Ballers rolled the Cow­boys but on this oc­ca­sion, good pass­ing and a suc­ces­sion of goals by Sam Cor­den and Pa­trick Cahill saw the Cow­boys jump ahead to a 35 to 20 lead at half time.

Emily Hutchins an­swered with 15 for the Ballers and Gra­cie Hal­lam popped in three smooth bas­kets but the da­m­age was done.

Shan­non Cameron added 15 for the Cow­boys and solid de­fence saw Josh Green lim­ited to 10 points with the fi­nal score 53 to 42 in favour of the Cow­boys.

Match two was a nail-biter with Mer­ri­jig tak­ing on the Pigmy Pos­sums and the loser be­ing elim­i­nated.

Both teams played with de­ter­mi­na­tion with Amy Jew­son hit­ting 12 points and every­one else shar­ing the scor­ing as well: An­drew Mort­lock 7, Ange Robin­son 7, Dar­ren Loughridge 9 and Aubrey Gon­salves 6.

At the siren the score was 24 all.

Go­ing into ex­tra time, both teams had nine fouls and sub­se­quently traded shots from the free throw line.

With less than half a minute to go Ange Robin­son made a great drive to the bas­ket to see Mer­ri­jig up by one point.

In a fren­zied fi­nal fif­teen sec­onds, the Pos­sums re­gained posses­sion and Will Stow tied up to the three point line and sunk it with four sec­onds re­main­ing to see the Pygmy Pos­sums home by two points.

This week Pygmy Pos­sums ver­sus Big Ballers for the chance to play the Cow­boys in the grand fi­nal.

PHOTO: Peter Hunt

FORM A QUEUE: (From left) Nelle Cousins and Shan­non Cameron put pres­sure on Emily Hutchins (with ball).

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