HORSHAM junior basketball player Brody Pope and coach Tony Sleep both competed at the Southern Cross Challenge across the weekend.
Pope played for the under-15s Bushrangers side, a representative team made up of Victoria’s best junior country basketball players.
He was in fine scoring form throughout the tournament and led his team for scoring for the whole competition.
His side finished fourth overall against some of Australia’s top young basketballers.
There was some tremendous basketball played and Brody was a big part of that.Tony Sleep
Sleep, who is also the junior co-ordinator of the Horsham Amateur Basketball Association, said Pope competed well against some tough opponents.
“He played very well and came up against some sides that were considerably bigger and more physical,” he said.
“With the country guys, we are travelling maybe once a month to play games that are that competitive. Every single game across the weekend was at that level. There was some tremendous basketball played and Brody was a big part of that.
“There is not much of Brody, but he held his own. His competitiveness really set him apart. He should be proud of his efforts.”
Sleep was coaching an under-14s boys side who managed to finish second after losing their gold medal match to Vic Metro Silver.
“I had a tremendous time,” Sleep said.
“I worked with an assistant coach for the very first time, which was a brand new experience for myself and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
“My motivation is to be there to serve the juniors and give them a great experience in their sport.”