TEN weeks of very good primary school basketball will draw to a close tomorrow.
What a morning it will be with finals and play offs for third to be staged in the girls and boys year 5/6 divisions with the mixed year 3/4 teams to go round one more time to complete their participation.
St Joseph's will take the girls year 5/6 crown but will it be the Titaniums or the Lakers? Both these teams recorded very impressive semi final wins last week, Titaniums at the expense of Slamdunks and Lakers over Taree West Chargers. Their clash in the final will showcase the up and coming female basketball talent in the Manning Valley. The girls from the Taree West Chargers and St Joseph's Slamdunks will also hit the court in the morning to battle for third place.
The corresponding game in the boys year 5/6 will see St Joseph's Taipans and Taree West Chiefs line up for a crack at third place in this very competitive division. The performances last Saturday morning by Wingham Red and St Joseph's Magic, who were too good for Taree West Chiefs and St Joseph's Taipans respectively. This confirmed their placings on the top two steps of the competition ladder at the conclusion of the round games was warranted. Their battle in the final will certainly produce a high quality game to wrap up primary school basketball for the year.
As holders of the Saxby's Stadium Cup following their win in the term one competition, Wingham will start slight favourites. But there is very little between these two teams and that was shown in their most recent clash three weeks ago which Wingham took out 39-36. St Joseph's Magic are playing well at the business end of the competition and one thing is certain, the crowd will be on the edge of their seats as both rosters battle for supremacy.
The junior finals played on Tuesday afternoon saw Magic defeat the Bulls in division two while in division one, Slammers just scrapped home against Hotshots.
Both games produced very good basketball and in the division two clash Jackson Gaul from Magic was the difference between the two teams as he finished with a game high 16 points to drive his team to a 37-26 win.
The first division final was a closer affair with Hotshots hitting top gear early in the game to be ahead by six points at the first break and a single point at half time before running out of gas in the race to the finish line.
Slammers turned a one point deficit at the long break into a four point victory at the final siren with Jacob Straub (15) and Brandon Betts (10) leading the charge.