Horsham's junior basketballers shine in Hamilton

THE Horsham Amateur Basketball Association's under-12 boys A team tasted success at the 2014 Hamilton Junior Basketball Tournament over the weekend, going through the competition undefeated.

Horsham met fellow undefeated team Portland in the final, and in the sides' last meeting, double overtime was needed to find a winner.

On this occasion it was the Hornets who got off to a flying start, under coach Tony Pope, with a strong team effort seeing them run out 35-23 victors.

Nine Horsham teams participated at the tournament, with two other teams reaching grand finals, but suffering the narrowest of losses.

The association's junior representative director Tony Sleep said it was a great weekend both on and off the court.

"It was just an awesome weekend," Mr Sleep said.

"We had a couple a couple of teams narrowly miss out on grand finals as well."

"What was really pleasing was the sense of community among players and their families."

Playing in the under-18s age group due to a shortage of teams, Horsham's under-16 girls team won four games under coach Owen Hughan - against Hamilton, Ararat, Portland and Timboon - to reach the final.

After trailing by 15 points to Millicent at half time, the girls fought back to fall one point short at the final whistle.

The under-14 boys A team, coached by Murray McKenzie, also reached the grand final, with wins against Warrnabool, Portland, Millicent and Maryborough, before suffering a one-point loss to Hamilton.

The under-16 boys had three wins from five games, the under-14 girls two games from five and the under-12 girls two wins from four matches.

The under-12 boys B team had a win against Warrnambool, while the under-14 boys B team showed improvement but couldn't quite snare a win.

Sleep said the club had tournaments in Naracoorte, Portland and Maryborough in the coming weeks, ahead of state championships in February and March.

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