Shepparton Gators Jordan Michel and Oscar Hide are holding their own on the national stage.
Despite playing down their chances of securing many minutes on the court pre-tournament, the pair has played decisive roles for Victoria Country at the under-16 Basketball Australia Junior Championships in Perth.
Point guard Michel is averaging more than 24 minutes on court across the first three matches of the championships, including a breakout 11-point and seven assist game against NSW Country yesterday morning.
Hide, who mostly plays centre, has also dominated a match already.
The rising star engineered a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) against the Australian Capital Territory in game two to help his side to a 59-57 victory.
Coach Josh Waight, who is in Perth as Country’s team manager, praised the effort of his charges.
‘‘They are doing well, competing and battling hard,’’ he said.
‘‘It seems like they’re having a ball playing against the best in Australia.
‘‘They’re holding their own as well which is pleasing, they’re doing a great job.’’
Country took to the court for the fourth time against South Australia Metro last night in search of just its second win of the tournament, with matches against Western Australia Metro (today) and Queensland North (tomorrow) remaining in the group stage.