Juniors impress at regional competition

TOP EFFORT. Assistant coach, Adam Hall, left, and coach, Trent O'Neill, right, with Kerang Amateur Basketball Association under 16 team members Harley Somerville, Ayden Fletcher, Kel Adams, Dylan Hird, Nathan Taylor, Darcy Murphy, Ryan Trevorrow and Caleb Hall.

TOP EFFORT. Assistant coach, Adam Hall, left, and coach, Trent O'Neill, right, with Kerang Amateur Basketball Association under 16 team members Harley Somerville, Ayden Fletcher, Kel Adams, Dylan Hird, Nathan Taylor, Darcy Murphy, Ryan Trevorrow and Caleb Hall.

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.

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