LAST week was the first official game of competition in the Bendigo Basketball Association 2019/20 summer season after a competitive and, at times, fast paced grading period.
Two of the Heathcote Panthers’ seven teams were lifted a division, seeing the under 16 boys move up to division three and the under 18 boys move up to division two.
Both teams have made the transition up into the next age group from last season well and coaches are impressed with the boys’ commitment to their game and are keen to see what they can do.
Games played this week started with the Panthers young ladies in under 16s who were defeated in the final half of the game going down 25-34 to Aztec Tigers.
The under 12 girls are all still finding their feet in the court with our little rocket Audrey McFadzean again being instrumental on the court and Charlotte Anderson taking out the award for following the lead of more experienced players and giving it everything she had.
The girls came up short against a much stronger Generals team but left the courts with smiles on their faces.
The under 14 boys played a hard fought game, eventually being outplayed by Aztec Tigers on Wednesday.
Most of the Panthers teams play on Fridays with the under 10 boys going down to The Beavers in a 13-22 defeat.
Under 12 boys also suffered a loss to the Flite, going down 14 points to 26.
The more senior boys both moving up divisions again proved to be competitive with the under 16 boys coming up victorious against the Generals with a 44-31 final score.
All of the boys put in a fantastic effort and added to the win either in baskets or defensive commitment on the court.
The last of our boys under 18s moved into division two and came home with another win under their belts in a 65-20 victory against Aztec Tigers.
Although the boys had no substitutes for the game, they proved to be worthy of the upgrade and worked consistently to come home with the win.
Congratulations to Riley Bruce who was selected in the Junior Braves Under 18 squad and travelled for another tournament last weekend.
The club would like to sincerely thank coaches and parents for their commitment to getting the kids to training and the games each week. See you on the courts.
Player: Jack “Jacko” Lawrence
Age Division: Under 18 boys
Basketball Background: Jack, also affectionately known as Jacko or at times “Ollie”, joined the club in its early reinvention some five or so years ago. He has proven to be a consistent force on the court and has an uncanny knack of setting himself up for the sweet three-pointer. He is one of the larrikins of his team and shares a love for the game with his team mates.