Benalla under-16s crowned champions at home tournament

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla Breakers under-16 division one boy's team were crowned champions at Benalla Basketball Association’s Junior Tournament last weekend.

They defeated a strong Yarrawonga-Mulwala side in the final to take out the trophy.

Coach Evelyn Dosser said the team had suffered narrow misses throughout the season and performed well to finish off the year with a great win in front of a cheering home crowd.

The Breakers’ road to glory started with wins against Wangaratta (48-20), Myrtleford (53-38) and Mansfield (66-32). 

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With finals in their sights, Breakers lost their first game of the tournament against Yarrawonga-Mulwala, 15-21.

Miller Gilcrist spent half the game on the sidelines due to a calf injury and Kyle Temorshuizen, benched due to foul trouble, placed the team in a difficult situation without two key players on court.

But Dosser said the boys brought a combination of skills to the team.

“A tall Tom Biggs and an athletic Miller Gilcrist controlled the boards at both ends of the court, with strong attacking play provided by Henry Hill,” Dosser said.

“Strong ball handling skills from Tom Riley and Kyle Temorshuizen, combined with their ability to take outside shots, gives the side a winning edge.

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“Zach Liddington’s defensive pressure tagging opposition key players and improved offensive game, along with point guard Tyler McGregor’s improved confidence in offense and calling plays, contributes to the strength of the side.

“And while individual skills are an important factor to any side, the under-16 boys listen to instructions and work hard to follow them.

“They play with the motto ‘basketball is about team play and working together’ and this is what got them through.

“It is this team effort that took them to success over the weekend, the Breakers claiming grand final victory against Yarrawonga-Mulwala, 29-25.”

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