Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Under 18 Boys Cause Upset

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Under 18 Boys Cause Upset

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THE NJL division 2, and the under 12 boys division 1 grand finals were held in Grafton over the weekend.

Coffs Harbour were represented in the under 12 boys, the under 14 girls, under 16 girls and under 18 boys.

Perhaps the surprise parcel of the weekend was the under 18 boys, who having never beaten Armidale all season, took the gold medal over the mountain men 92 points to 81.

The Suns matched up against Armidale in the semi-final on Saturday and suffered a 16-point loss, necessitating a final game against Tamworth for a spot in the grand final. Games against Tamworth had previously been very close, but the Suns boys dug deep and produced a 30+ margin win, showing their determination to be a part in the grand final.

In the first quarter of the grand final it was a basket for basket affair, with Armidale up a couple of points on the buzzer. The second quarter was a disaster for Coffs as the boys lost intensity and direction and saw Armidale increase their lead by as much as 17 points at one stage.

At half time coach Greg McGinniskin took the boys outside for a "talk" resulting in the third quarter producing a more focused and renewed Suns, who got the scoreboard back to a four-point margin at the final quarter break. Going into the final quarter with a few players in foul trouble did not deter a determined, enthusiastic and focused Suns' side. They hit the floor with a never-seen-before intensity and a full court press that caught Armidale off guard.

A three-point shot from Connor Maguire put the Suns into the lead for the first time. Armidale called a time out but failed to find the answer to a very determined Suns' side. Some fantastic steals from the guards Greg Dowler, Daniel Tarrant, Jacob Watts and Connor Maguire, fierce determination and intensity from forwards Michael Maurice and Matt Chettle, backed up by Mitchell Franzi and relentless rebounding and assists from Travis Slater and Lukas Handley extended the lead from a shell-shocked Armidale side. …

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