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SEHS were kings of the court and kings of the north after an incredible win at the Northern Zone Basketball Tournament.
Taking place at the Parafield Gardens Recreation Centre on Wednesday, July 26th, nine teams participated over two divisions in a round-robin format.
The day began nervously for the East boys with a tough loss to St Columba. SEHS struggled to contain St Columba’s 194cm centre who was a monster around the rim, gobbling up rebounds and scoring at will. It was a deflating start!
With the first game out of the way, the team had a quick huddle and recognised that they needed to keep a perfect record for the remainder of the tournament to be able to make it to the Grand Final and, entering the second game against Gawler, SEHS looked far more focussed.
The boys again found it difficult containing some of the taller opposition, but found crafty ways to score on the offensive end, and ran out victors in a closely contested game.
Game three saw SEHS play the tournament favourites, Salisbury. After a cautious first minute, our boys went on to produce one of the more perfect first halves we have seen in school basketball. From there the task was too great for Salisbury and SEHS ran away with a huge win, blowing the tournament wide open.
The final game of the minor rounds was against Mark Oliphant. SEHS cruised through this game with ease, finding ways to conserve some energy for the finals along the way.
With all minor round games then completed, the team awaited the results to see where they would figure in the finals bracket. SEHS finished top of the minor rounds, and moved straight through to the Grand Final. The boys struggled to contain their excitement, but remained focussed because the job was far from finished.
The boys watched on as Salisbury managed to destroy Gawler in the Preliminary Final and booked their place in the Grand Final. And so the stage was set, SEHS v Salisbury for a chance to claim the crown as ‘Kings of the North’.
The final was closely contested in the first half, with both teams finding ways to score. SEHS finished out the half stronger however, slicing up their opponents in transition, and giving the boys a nice lead.
The second half was much the same. Salisbury tried everything in their power to bridge the gap, but SEHS were far too solid and continued to hold Salisbury at arm’s length. With three minutes to play Salisbury looked defeated, and from there the boys played out the time and recorded an incredible victory.
Corey Ottey, HPE/Sports Coordinator, said: "It was an amazing effort from the team, especially after losing their first round game.
"To go undefeated for the rest of the tournament showed an incredible amount of pride and strength of character, and congratulations must go to the talented players involved: Cameron Barker-Nash, Jake Bunker and Dion Cain, who battled tirelessly on the defensive end against much larger opponents, Chris Decrea and Jake Molloy who worked both ends of the court, pulling off some amazing plays, Lance Tremotcha for his ball handling and distributing skills throughout the day, and Liam Borghi who, in my opinion, was the player of the tournament.
"I could not be more proud of these boys! Not only did they play with skill, their manner on the court was exemplary, and they are a credit to the Salisbury East High School community."