The Tatura Basketball Association had its first week of finals and the results were as follows:
This grade is a combination of C and D level players, combined due to decreased numbers this season.
Celtics 14 defeated Suns 1.
In the first game, where the scores don’t really reflect the competitive game, Celtics ran out winners over Suns, who tried hard all game, but could not get their shots to drop.
Bulls 22 defeated Magic 14.
In the second match we saw a great game between Magic and Bulls where the scores were even at eight at half-time. The Bulls pulled away in the second half to win.
Celtics 34 defeated Magic 22.
Despite a string of defeats leading into the final, Magic showed real fight and took the game up to Celtics.
A complete team effort saw them narrowly defeated by Celtics after a dominant performance from Jordan O’Neill with a game high 22 points.
Bulls 21 defeated Heat 20.
After being undefeated during the regular season, Heat was handed its first defeat by Bulls in a thrilling match.
The win came on the back of a supreme effort around the ring by Liam Campbell and great team play by point guard Sarah Wilson.
Bulls 54 defeated Magic 47.
This was the match of the round with a double overtime needed to separate the teams.
Both teams came in undermanned and with only five players available.
Good team work by Magic led by Josh Evans and accurate shooting by Blake Bloom had them working the ball around better than their opponents creating a half-time lead of 13.
The second half saw a change of momentum in favour of Bulls, with Blake Brewer working tirelessly in defence often converting possession to points, and with the help of his teammates they gradually reduced Magic’s lead.
In the final seconds of the game Elsie Boyer intercepted and passed to Nicholas Watt who converted on the siren to draw the game at 42-all.
The game went into overtime and at the end of the five minutes extra time the game was still a draw.
A tense double overtime was played out, Blake Bloom fouled out leaving Magic with only four players, and in the final minutes Bulls worked harder and won the game 54-47.
Celtics 54 defeated Heat 39.
Celtics made best use of the ball in the first few minutes of the game with Matthew Rennie scoring in quick succession.
Heat players combined well and were soon back in the game with Kayde Coonerty and Dan Hall scoring to put pressure back on Celtics players.
With the difference in score line around 10 in favour of Celtics both teams continued to make their shots but neither team able to make any adjustment to the margin.
Celtics went on to win the game by 13 securing their place in the grand final.
Matthew Rennie was the dominant scorer with 24 points for Celtics.
All preliminary final night games will be played tonight.
●5pm — C/D-grade, Heat v Magic
●6pm — C/D-grade, Bulls v Celtics
●7pm — B-grade, Heat v Celtics
●8pm — A-grade, Heat v Bulls