Stage set for basketball finals
Finals of all divisions will be staged at Saxby’s Stadium on Tuesday afternoon/night to wrap up basketball for 2012.
Proceedings start at 4.20pm when the U15 high school competition will see Celtics and Magic take the court for the final with Wanderers and Bulls going into battle in the playoff for third place. Celtics have been the front runners in this age group for the greater part of the competition and with Myles Mitchell Deak, Jack Boyd, Lachlan Burnes, Jordan Woodward and Nick Mann all playing well will start slight favourites to take the title.
Magic are hitting top gear at the right end of the competition and if they can repeat their semi final performance from last week when Brealon Morris Jimmy Corben and Jordan Nowan combined for 46 points they will give Celtics a real battle for the major trophies.
Wizards and Slammers will take the court in the final of the U17 high school competition with the two teams, Tornadoes and Hotshots, who finished first and second at the conclusion of the round games left to battle for third place.
The Wizards with Dakota Manton and Hayden Vakauta leading the charge turned in a solid performance in the semi final last week against Hotshots to grab their finals berth while Brandon Betts was in sparkling form to lead all scorers with 42 points to push Slammers past Tornadoes in the other semi final in what was the upset of the year. Wizards appear to have a slight edge leading into this game but will need to find a way to shut down the offensive threat presented by Brandon Betts to claim victory.
The women’s divisions should produced two very good games with Bushranger Honey to play Tinonee Termites in the second division decider and MRD Electrical will be looking to maintain their recent dominance over Sunne Printing in first division.
Game timing changes for the finals with the main difference being the stopping of the clock for timeouts, injured and fouled out players and all whistles in the last three minutes of the fourth quarter and all teams involved, including those who have bench duty, should note the changes to avoid any confusion.
Last week Taree Basketball congratulated four boys on their selection to the 2013 basketball talent development squad at the Hunter Academy of Sport and this week the big news is Sarah Macaitis has been included in the girls squad and will be in Newcastle tomorrow for the orientation meeting and first training session.
Sarah is a relative newcomer to the sport but has had an outstanding year in the second division women's competition at Saxby's Stadium and her involvement with the Hunter Academy of Sport basketball program will assist greatly in taking her game to the next level.
Saxby’s Stadium is the home of Taree Basketball, and details about junior, women’s or men’s basketball may be obtained on the telephone at (02) 6551 7456, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the net at www.taree.basketball.net.au