Tatura’s under-18 and under-12 boys teams competed at the Swan Hill tournament on October 27 and 28.
The under-18 boys had a tough draw on Saturday playing four games.
They made a great start to the competition with a comprehensive win, 47-29 against Deniliquin Giants. Team work showed with seven out of the nine players putting points on the board.
Next game saw them meet a much tougher opponent in Mildura Heat, and the boys went down 34-41.
Game three saw the team regroup and get a solid win against Rochester 45-39.
Back on court for game four — 8.30pm and their fourth game in 10 hours — the boys dug deep and pushed through the fatigue to secure a thrilling come-from-behind win against Warracknabeal 33-31.
This kept their finals hopes alive — a win on Sunday morning would see them finish in the top two and play off for the title.
Unfortunately it was not to be, going down to a well drilled Bendigo team 20-34.
It was a great effort by the boys in their first tournament for the season.
Josh Evans and Floyd Vincitorio were standouts for the team, averaging 10.8 and 9.4 respectively, and they were well supported by team mates Kelham Tyson, Lewis Walker, Liam Campbell, Ryan Hatch, Thomas Dooley-Heath, Oliver Watt and Darcy Backway.
Congratulations to coaches Madeleine Rijs and Daryl Wilson on this great first outing for the team.
All are looking forward to the Shepparton and Castlemaine tournaments in December.
On the weekend of October 25, Tatura under-12s played in the Swan Hill tournament.
The weekend started off early Saturday morning at 8am followed by two more games.
The boys won all three games convincingly — against Kerang 44-14, Deniliquin 2 74-4 and Mildura 52-4.
This put them into the semi-final against Bendigo 3 on Sunday — the winner to go in to the grand final.
After a nervous start the boys settled into the game well to come away with the win 33-15. This was exciting for the team, coach Maddie and all the parents.
With this squad team only winning three games in all their tournaments last year, the change of winning four games and making the grand final was exciting, and nerve racking for their supporters.
At 3.45pm Sunday the boys matched up against Deniliquin 1. The game started out close, goal for goal, until Deni got out to a 10-point margin, but the Tat boys had the never-give-up, keep-fighting attitude that got them within three points with one and a half minutes to go, but unfortunately Deni scored another quick goal and the boys lost by five points.
Cooper Gow won the most valuable player in the final.
Overall it was an amazing tournament with all the boys playing strong, smart basketball led by their proud coach Maddie.
The under 12s’ next tournament is Shepparton, and Tatura Basketball will host games in our stadium.
Hopefully the boys will get to play at home so head down to the courts to support them and watch our little champions in action.
For results on tournaments please follow the Tatura Basketball Facebook basketball page for updates.