Wildcats dethrone Kings

WILDCATS claimed the most competitive men's basketball competition played at Taree for several years at the expense of the Kings.

Kings were into the game quickly and surprised their more fancied opponents to be up 16-13 after the first quarter. The middle part of the contest was dominated by Wildcats who outscored Kings 40-22 in the quarters bracketing halftime. To their credit, Kings never gave up and reduced the margin by the final siren which saw Wildcats home 66-56.

Steve Turner (25) was the game high scorer and his efforts along with those of Chris Small (14) and Connor Thorp (10) kept the scoreboard ticking over for Wildcats. Kings were led by Jordan Woodward who landed 17 points with a pair of 10 point hauls coming from Michael Avery and Shaun Carr.

Although Alistair Eldred didn't register a lot of points for Wildcats in the final, his work ethic each time he steps onto the court is something the younger players should attempt to emulate. He was the most consistent player across the entire competition.

Wing Nuts claimed the second division women's final in what turned out to be a very unusual game of basketball, which was the tale of two halves. The first half was taken comfortably by Wing Nuts who found themselves cruising to victory at the major break with a handy 26-10 lead. Tinonee Termites came alive after the long break and baskets that wouldn't drop in the first half started to go through the net.

But for Wing Nuts it was a completely different story, with baskets hard to find.

Tinonee Termites took the second half 19-4 and as panic set into Wing Nuts' roster it was only the experience of Yvette Wilkinson, who steadied the ship to guide them to the narrowest of victories.

Jess Cooke and Megan Stacey with 14 and 12 points respectively led the way for Wing Nuts while for Tinonee Termites Wendy Blanch also hit 14 points.

Sunne Printing was too good for Coastal First Aid in the first division women's final and after a very tight first quarter which saw Coastal First Aid ahead 5-4, Sunne Printing took control of the game to rattle up a 38-11 victory.

Faith Walker from Sunne Printing turned in an 'MVP' performance to finish with a game high 17 points, with good support coming from Kylie Hunter (8), Kate Northam (7) and Keely Holden (6). Tegan Wenham worked tirelessly for Coastal First Aid and her seven points was their major contribution on the night.

Taree Basketball will fire up again in late January/early February.

Saxby's Stadium is the home of Taree Basketball, and details about primary school, junior, women's or men's basketball may be obtained on 6551 7456, by email tareebasketball@hotmail.com , on the net at www.taree.basketball.net.au, or track down taree.tornadoes on Facebook.

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