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Brave Breakers give their all

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March 01, 2017

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The Benalla Breakers under-16 squad fell agonisingly short of a grand final win on Sunday.

The under-16 Benalla Breakers side was unable to recover from being down at half-time in a home tournament grand final on Sunday.

The side was unable to refocus after a seven-minute lapse in concentration in the middle of the Benalla Youth Basketball Tournament grand final, which allowed visiting Myrtleford to capitalise and win the game 38-17.

The youth tournament saw the turnout of 82 teams from across the state.

It held under-12, under-14, under-16 and under-18 competitions for boys and girls.

The Breakers were unbeaten going into the final — beating Yarrawonga Mulwala 57-36, Latrobe City 38-33 and Latrobe Energy 45-23, as well as the Mansfield Eagles 30-19 on their way to earning the grand final berth.

Benalla Basketball Association president Janet Symes said the tournament ran smoothly thanks to experienced officials and a supportive home crowd.

‘‘(The final) was a great match, fast-paced and intense, well-controlled and managed by experienced tournament referees,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘The Breakers were spurred on by a vocal, supportive home crowd cheering on the sidelines.

‘‘A seven-minute lapse in play in the middle of the game by the Breakers gave the opposition an edge that couldn’t be recovered, a strong Myrtleford slipping away, victory eventually theirs.’’

Ms Symes said the tournament was normally capped at 60 teams, but because teams in previous years had to travel to Wangaratta for some matches, it was decided the tournament could host more teams if it was held in one location.

‘‘We’ve since had a few people say how pleased they are it’s now in one spot, and that it’s great to have a local tournament,’’ she said.

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