Panther cubs on finals prowl
HEATHCOTE Panthers under 14 basketball boys are through to another grand final tonight, determined to go one better than they did last season and take the ultimate prize.
The Panthers, having finished third on the ladder, defeated second placed Generals Magic in last week’s preliminary final to secure the grand final spot in the Bendigo Basketball Association winter competition.
Determined, defensive play from Oliver Ayers and Jesse Bruce kept the Generals’ scorers frustrated for much of the game.
Speedy Daniel Koopmans helped get the ball up the court. Daniel Butler, Lincoln Lowther and Thomas Johnson finished off with the baskets to defeat the Generals 32-23 at the final siren.
The boys meet the formidable ladder-leader Aztec Tig- ers in the under 14 division three winter season grand final tonight at 6.30pm.
THE Panthers under 12 side played their semi-final on Friday and were determined to give it their best shot.
Playing second on the ladder Generals Panthers, the third-placed Heathcote Panthers side kept it anyone’s game until the final moments.
After a brilliant season from the young ballers, the Heathcote Panthers bowed out 16-21.
Heathcote’s Nick Long sends the ball hurling to the basket in the under 12 semifinal.
The under 14 Panthers through to a grand final. Front— Dan Koopmans, Jesse Bruce, Daniel Butler, Lincoln Lowther, Oliver Ayers, coach Sharna Appleby. Back— Thomas Johnson.