KERANG Amateur Basketball Association's third division under 16 side finished runners-up at the Bendigo Junior Classic, held recently.
Matches were played across various Bendigo venues during the three-day tournament, with many of those producing hot and humid conditions.
The local side played three games on Australia Day - a 30-37 loss to the Bacchus Marsh Lions, a 28-all draw against the Maryborough Blazers and a 31-18 win against the Echuca Pirates.
Last Saturday's two matches both produced wins - 40-11 victory against Bendigo Braves (4) and a 28-8 success against the Ararat Redbacks.
A 40-21 victory last Sunday morning against the Colac Kookas set up a lunchtime semi-final against Sunbury (3).
Although hot and tired, the side managed to tie the final at 23-all, resulting in three minutes of extra.
Down by one point with 1.8 second remaining, a Sunbury (3) player knocked the ball out of play under Kerang's net.
Following a throw-in, Kel Adams's successful basket with 0.2 second left gave Kerang the win 27-26 and a spot in the grand final.
The team returned to the Bendigo Basketball Stadium to play the undefeated Bacchus Marsh Lions (1), but went down 14-28 in a tough match.