17 and Under premiers, Pumas (Black), back, from left, Samuel McCarthy, Jesse Buxton, Declan Allen, Tim Belton, Matt Sanders; mirboo-north-junior-basketball-finalsfront, Michael Butler, Cody Rudling and coach Piers Buxton.

THE Mirboo North Junior Basketball grand final night was held recently with some great skills on show in all age groups.

10 & Under

Aqua and Purple played out an exciting, high energy game in the grand final. Purple lost their “go to” player Royden to a bloody nose in the warm up. This rattled the team. Luke and Jack managed to shoot some settling goals to get them ahead early.
Aqua through William and Liam started putting full court pressure on Purple and the scores were tied again.
Willow and Meg rebounded strongly for Aqua competing with Keegan from Purple who used his height to block some close shots.
Matthew played a consistent game for Aqua while Joel and Isabella forced some turn overs with their effective hassling for Purple.
Wade worked very hard and was unlucky to get fouled out early.
Flynn played a great defensive game trying to stop Aqua’s ‘go to’ player Ethan who still managed some effective goals.
Royden dribbled strongly out of defence and set up his teammates for some undefended goals.
Purple’s strong team game, plus the luck of goals dropping on the night, took them to a 27-15 win in a high skilled affair.
Most valuable player was awarded to Jack Couper.

13 & Under

Red and Orange came together in a whirl of colour to provide spectators with a great game of basketball in the 13 & Under Mixed grand final game.
The red team came out with a blast taking the lead early on in the game with the orange team taking time to dispense with their nerves and settle to their game. When Orange settled later in the first half the match tightened.
Great match ups were seen across the court, especially with the tallest players from each side providing plenty of action under the ring.
In the second half, Orange had regained their confidence and came out strong against a determined Red team.
The Red team looked like a well-oiled machine with the players executing some exciting offensive plays and running a tight defence.
The Orange team, who were down a player and had no sub, battled on and strived hard to chase down the lead the Red team had.
At the final siren the Red team were in front and scored themselves a well-earned win, 31 to 15.
Congratulations to both teams.
MVP Henry Turner
Red (Clancy Peters 14, Henry Turner 8) 31 def Orange (Trevor Hart 14) 15.

17 & Under

With Pumas & Cougars playing off for the premiership, it was destined to be a good game.
Cougars started slowly with Pumas getting the pounce on them in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Jesse Buxton led Pumas’ attack scoring the first seven points of the game.
With the score at 16-9 at half time, Pumas seemed to be heading to a comfortable victory.
Cougars however started with a strong second half with scoring spread evenly over their players building their score gradually to within two points in the second half.
Unfortunately for Cougars, the Pumas made another break before the Cougars surged again to be within three points at the final siren.
Final score 30 to 27 with Pumas victors for the game.
Jesse Buxton received the MVP with his 23 points crucial.
It was a great end to the season of a very successful 17 & Under competition. Well done to all players and coaches involved.
Pumas (Jesse Buxton 23) 30 def Cougars (Darcy Mackenzie 8, Jacob Best 6, Jarred Best 6, Zac Porter 5) 27.
The committee would like to thank all involved in the Spring season for 2013, including players, parents, coaches, scorers, umpires and spectators, and wish everyone a happy and safe festive season. They look forward to seeing your sneakers courtside in 2014.