Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Fitting Finale for Grafton Basketball

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Fitting Finale for Grafton Basketball

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Byline: Chris Nield

THE Sports Centre hosted its biggest weekend of the year with the holding of the basketball odd age carnival.

Forty-nine teams competed over the weekend, bringing an estimated 700 people to Grafton. The centre was packed from daylight to dark both days. The standard was high in all grades and some great games were witnessed. Grafton's best performed team was its under 17 men, who went through the weekend undefeated.

In their round games they were not pushed at all. Their surprising result was beating the top Coffs Harbour team 89-43. Their closest game was against Lismore, winning 47-37. In their semifinal they beat Coffs White 72-39. In the grand final they played Lismore who just scraped into the play-offs on percentages.

This proved to be a good game with the score close throughout. Grafton were always in front, but Lismore came back every time to make the score close. Grafton were up 28-25 at half time.

They extended the lead in the second half to be up 15 at different times, but Lismore made another rally late in the game to lose by eight, 57-49. All of Grafton's teams played well over the weekend. Top scorer in the final being Shaun Traby with 28. Others who played well at the weekend were R Ellis, J Holloway, Anthony Kopcikas, who at times put in some unbelievable shots, and Sam Wicks. Under-16 player Kiam Shannon showed he is a player of the future.

Grafton's other teams did not fare as well, but some good signs for the future emerged. The Under-17 women went down to the eventual winner, Lismore, by only one point in the rounds.

The Under-15 men were hot and cold and did not recapture their form from the Coffs Harbour carnival. They have certainly improved this year and should be a force next year.

The same applies to the Under-15 women who are a young team and are starting to play very well. …

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