Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Suns the Stars of the NJL

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Suns the Stars of the NJL

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Northern Junior League Division 2 games

Teams from Armidale, Quirindi, Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Bellingen, Kempsey, Lismore, Grafton and Ballina joined the Suns in the second round of NJL division 2 games at Sportz Central last weekend. All 4 courts were pumping for both days, with 52 games of basketball played over the two days. Coffs Harbour showed their superiority in all age divisions, with some very large scores recorded in favour of the home teams.

Coffs Harbour's refereeing fraternity was out in force as well, covering a very large majority of the games at the weekend. Congratulations to all of our referees for your professional presentation and intelligent calling of the games.

Under 14 boys

With a disrupted training schedule due to school holidays, it was difficult to gauge how the boys would perform in the second round of the league, but a great weekend of team basketball saw us win all our games.

In our first game we were up against Quirindi who had suffered their first loss of the season earlier that day. This loss certainly fired them up in the first quarter, with the scores close at the buzzer. As the game progressed and with the combinations starting to work, the Suns were able to jump to a solid lead by half time. Consistent pressure from Zac Oxley and Oscar Miller resulted in a number of quick turnovers and cheap points, with the boys extending their lead for a solid first-up win. Top scorer was Zac Oxley, however, it was pleasing to see solid numbers across the team which ran out winners by 30 points.

In our second game against Tamworth, the boys enjoyed a significant height and speed advantage. Our customary slow start saw Tamworth within striking distance at quarter time, however, the size and speed of the Suns soon took its toll with a number of Tamworth players in foul trouble and losing their most experienced guard early in the second half. …

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