An under 12 boys Foster player dribbles the ball up the court in their win over Philip Island in Leongatha on Saturday. Op834419

Wonthaggi and Leongatha players face off in a clash between the sides in Leongatha on Saturday. Op854419

A SWARM of junior basketballers descended onto the courts as local towns hosted Korumburra Basketball Association’s 36th annual junior basketball tournament at the weekend, with an unbelievable quadruple overtime in the under 12 girls final.
Korumburra Basketball Association president Mat Holmes said the extra 12 minutes that it took to break the tie between Wonthaggi and Maffra absolutely exhausted the players, but Wonthaggi were able to hold themselves together to get the 28 to 26 point win.
“They were all just running out of juice, it was the fifth game of the day for both sides,” Mat said.
The under 14 girls A Grade final, which Moe won by four points over Traralgon, also went into overtime. Mat said it was immediately afterward Wonthaggi’s win. The same referees were on for both games and were absolutely spent by the end of it.
Korumburra had the best return as a club, both of the host’s under 19s teams winning their respective finals, as well as the under 12 boys B Grade side in a close one, winning by three points against rivals Poowong.
Hayley Wollard was deemed most valuable player for the girls team, and Broadie Mabilia got the honour for the boys.
The stadiums were at capacity with 130 teams across five different age groups, representing 16 clubs in the two-day tournament which was played at local courts in Korumburra, Leongatha, Inverloch, Poowong and Meeniyan.
All of the teams except the under 19s sides played all of their games as well as finals on Saturday.
“The whole thing was really successful, we’ve got an amazing group of volunteers and umpires who make it all happen… there’s so much work that goes on behind the scenes, from six to eight weeks out when we start planning,” Mat said.