Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Men's basketball finals

THE Derwent Valley men's basketball finals started last Friday night. With a good crowd and some hot games it looks like basketball is well and truly alive again at New Norfolk.

The first game saw the highly rated minor premiers the Froff Dogs go down in a tight contest against the second spot Old Fellas. The Old Fellas stunned the more fancied Froff Dogs to lead by 14 points at the half-time break. The pace and skills of young gun Josh Wilton really shone through. The Froff Dogs slowly fought back over the remainder of the game and managed to tie the game with a magnificent three-pointer from Brett Booth close to full time. After a quick break the game moved in to five minutes of extra time which was just as close as the main game. Both teams took many shots and Rohan Herron seemed to take charge for the Dogs. It came down to the last few seconds with Rowan Collins of the Old Fellas making a magnificent basket with a fall away shot right on the buzzer. The Old Fellas are now through to the grand final and the Froff Dogs will play again.

The second game saw the third placed Flint Tropics take on the fourth-placed Odd Bods in another tight game. The young running team of the Flint Tropics got on the board early with some good three-point shooting from Larry Menzie and good running and skill from Josh Bomford and Kyle Hansen. The tropics got out in front by as much as 10 points only for the Odd Bods to pull the margin back to be level at half time. The bigger bodies and hard heads of the Odd Bods saw them put on more physical pressure in the second half to take the game away by 12 points. The young running legs of the Flint Tropics clearly took it out of the Odd Bods. Star centre Shane Woolford battled tirelessly for three and a bit quarters but was visibly spent in the last five minutes and was reduced to a slow walk up and down the court.

The Odd Bods will now advance to the second final and take on the more highly fancied Froff Dogs for a place in the grand final.
BEN SHAW

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