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Squads shine in first tournament

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October 13, 2017

Benalla Breakers teams travelled to Echuca for their first tournament of the squad season on the weekend, with all teams doing the association proud over the three-day tournament.

Benalla Breakers teams travelled to Echuca for their first tournament of the squad season on the weekend, with all teams doing the association proud over the three-day tournament.

Teams were split into two groups in each age classification, and played preliminary games within their groups, with the most successful teams from each group progressing to the final.

The under-14 girls lost once during their preliminary rounds against a defiant Wodonga, but ended up missing out on reaching their final on points percentage — a great result for the team’s first hit out of the season.

In the under-12 boys, the Breakers battled hard, taking wins against teams from Echuca, Shepparton, Rochester and Wodonga — a big result for the team in their first taste of representative basketball.

These wins meant they qualified for a final against Craigieburn who won through to the final with some dominant victories.

The Breakers went into the final with confidence and battled hard, but could not stick with Craigieburn, going down in the final and finishing runner-up for the tournament.

Under-12 coach Michelle Pastuszka said her side ‘‘smashed all (my) expectations in making the final’’ and that she ‘‘couldn’t be prouder’’ of the team.

Meanwhile the under-14 boys team also proved to be a threat in their age group, with wins over Riddells Creek, Echuca, Myrtleford and Rochester in their group before advancing to the final against Shepparton.

Knowing they had to put in a shift, the Breakers put up a strong defence to set the tone early in the game.

That defence set up a close win over the Shepparton side which fought hard to stay with the Benalla side from first whistle to last.

Coach Shane Riley said of the win: ‘‘The boys came together really well during the tournament and everyone played their role, which was great to see.’’

The Benalla Basketball Association’s Spring Domestic Competition resumes this week after a two-week break during the school holidays and will continue until early December.

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