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A Grade - Final Placings

August 16, 2017

 

 

Going through the regular season unbeaten surely tagged the South City Spurs as the hot favourites heading into the men’s final in the Southland Basketball Association A Grade this week but it all came unstuck for them as the Thundercats prevailed 84-74 to back up their 2016 title.  Missing veteran Pete Howes due to injury,  the South City Spurs never found their form of the regular season and were behind as much as 20 points at stages during the game. The Thundercats executed a perfect plan against their rivals relying heavily on Andrew Wheeler to control the game and Hayden Sproat , Joel Findlay and Chris Menzies to control the boards. Sam Beck, Izaac Williams and Paratene McLeod were the top contributors for the South City Spurs but most of their points came from the outside as they were outgunned by the taller and more composed Thundercats team.

 

Top points scorers : Thundercats  Sproat 27, Wheeler 19, Jono Ross 12  South City Spurs : Beck 21, Williams 18 and McLeod 18

 

In the women’s final the Kelvin Hotel Rogues came back from an 11 point half time deficit to tie the game heading to the final quarter and beat Lonestar Storm 62 – 55. The Storm controlled the game for the first half with sisters Aliyah and Tyra Dunn contributing heavily and the Rogues struggling to defend. The half time talk obviously worked as the Rogues came out fired up with Sarah Hamilton leading the way to the comeback which left everyone guessing leading into the last quarter. Turnovers crept into the Storm game as the Rogues held their nerve and used their experience to limit their younger  opponents to 10 points in that period, taking a well earned title. 

 

Top points scorers: Rogues – Hamilton 23, Michelle Gorton 14, Jessy Raukawa 10 Storm – Aliyah Dunn 20, Tyra Dunn 11

 

The Young Bucks with Sharks players Connor Coll and Jordan Murphy along with several SBA  ex age group players won the B Grade title against Sleeping Giants while the  3/4 playoffs were won by JHC Boys V Kelvin Hotel X Men and JHC Girls V Paws at Rest.

 

Final Standings

 

      WOMEN      

 

1st            Kelvin Hotel Rogues

2nd           Lonestar Storm

3rd           JHC 1st V Girls

4th            Paws at Rest

 

      MEN - A       

 

1st            Thundercats

2nd           South City Spurs

3rd           JHC 1st V Boys

4th            Kelvin Hotel Xmen

 

      MEN - B       

 

1st            The Young Bucks

2nd           Sleeping Giants

3rd           MPMW Eastern Suburbs Turbos

4th            MPMW Eastern Suburbs Taniwhas

 

 

Prize Giving

 

2017 A Grade Men Round Robin Winner                             South City Spurs

 

2017 A Grade Men – A Runner Up                                        South City Spurs

2017 A Grade Men – A Winner                                              Thundercats

 

2017 A Grade Men – B Runner Up                                        Sleeping Giants

2017 A Grade Men – B Winner                                              Young Bucks

 

2017 A Grade Women Round Robin Winner                       Kelvin Hotel Rogues

 

2017 A Grade Women Runner Up                                         Lonestar Storm

2017 A Grade Women Winner                                               Kelvin Hotel Rogues

 

2017 A Grade Women Most Promising Player U21           Aliyah Dunn Lonestar Storm)

2017 A Grade Men Most Promising Player U21                 Tom Cowie (JHC)

 

2017 A Grade Women Most Improved Player                    Elly Koehler (JHC)

2017 A Grade Men Most Improved Player                          Mac Stodart (JHC)

               

2017 A Grade Women Fair Play Award                                Katie Heywood (KH Rogues)

2017 A Grade Men Fair Play Award                                      Richard Hamilton (KH Xmen)

 

2017 A Grade Women Most Valuable Player                      Sarah Hamilton (KH Rogues)      2017 A Grade Men Most Valuable Player                            Andrew Wheeler (Thundercats)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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