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It is ‘no, no, yes!’ for a super talent

- JOSH SPASARO

star Marena Whittle said “it must be the play of the tournament” on Fox Sports.

Basketball NT high performanc­e manager Rod Tremlett said it was a “no, no, yes situation”.

But there is no doubting the immense talent Abraham Stephen-Bolaji possesses.

The star Essington guard lit up the Under-16 Australian Basketball Championsh­ips in Darwin when he beat most of the SA Country team with incredible handling skills, before driving to the net and scoring on Wednesday.

It brought the Territory bench plenty of joy on a tough night, going down 117-43.

The youngsters – like their female peers – are winless so far at the tournament, but both teams have shown plenty of potential against strong sides.

“Abraham can pull off that type of play while on the Darwin club scene. But we also want him to watch out for over-dribbling and to watch the space on the floor,” Tremlett said.

“So we’re saying ‘no, no, and then at the end going ‘yes’.

“It’s great that he’s got the confidence to do that.”

Tremlett has also been imWNBL pressed with other Territory standouts.

“Davis Gabriel Yak has shown his talent, Aiden McKenney has been terrific and shown he’s improving his decision making, at 6”3’ we’re super excited about Taj Murray, Lachlan O’Brien has had some good moments and Byron AhMat showed us he was more of a natural playmaker before the tournament.

“So we put him there as a back-up point guard and he’s shown real improvemen­t.”

The Territory girls have also improved as the competitio­n has gone on, and they displayed plenty of good signs in their 91-21 loss to Queensland South also on Wednesday night. “It’s been a real step up for Vanessa Stanfield coming up from Alice Springs, but with her height she’s shown her potential,” Tremlett said.

“And Kaylani Duggan-Cole was very impressive against Queensland South.

“It’s been a tough tournament for both team and the results have shown that, but both teams are developing groups.”

Murray (calf) is likely to miss the rest of the tournament, while Stephen-Bolaji hurt his ankle on Wednesday night. The quarter-finals start on Friday.

 ?? ?? Abraham Stephen-Bolaji. Picture: Fox Sports
Abraham Stephen-Bolaji. Picture: Fox Sports

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