Close but no cigar in State fi­nal

Pilbara News - - Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

Kar­ratha just missed out on a place in the fi­nals af­ter claim­ing two wins from four games in the Un­der-17 Men’s Third Divi­sion at the Smarter than Smok­ing Bas­ket­ball WA State Cham­pi­onships at the week­end.

The team trav­elled down for two days of ac­tion at the Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre and gave it their all, fin­ish­ing just one win out­side the top two in Pool A.

Kar­ratha’s week­end started poorly when they lost 44-29 to the East Perth Ea­gles on Satur­day morn­ing.

But the Cy­clones im­proved later that day to de­feat the Lake­side Light­ning White team 28-23, with Ja­son Loveday scor­ing a game-high 14 points.

Kar­ratha then fin­ished the first day with a con­vinc­ing 3223 win over the Stir­ling Sen­a­tors, with Loveday scor­ing 13 points and Jedd White hit­ting 10.

But a heart­break­ing 37-28 loss to the Joon­dalup Wolves on Sun­day morn­ing cost them a spot in the fi­nal, send­ing them home early.

Pic­ture: Mitchell Wood­cock

Kar­ratha's Ja­son Loveday.

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