There was great support in the stands as spectators cheered on the teams playing in the Benalla Basketball Association’s Summer Domestic grand finals on Friday.
Special guests included past representative players, members of Benalla’s first women’s team, BBA Life Members, as well as one of Benalla’s first referees Bill Armstrong and player Ian Brond attended the games.
In the under-12 boy’s final, Celtics lined up against Lakers, the Lakers getting off to a great start with Shaalv Deo and Cody Marks clocking up six points on the board within the first minute of the game.
The Celtics worked hard to claw back the advantage, but the Lakers claimed victory 36-27.
Lakers’ Cody Marks was named MVP.
In the under-14 boys competition, season ladder-leaders Celtics had their work cut out for them against a competitive Heat side.
Both teams played well, but successful shots from the free-throw line in the dying moments gave the Celtics the edge to claim a 33-25 win.
Celtics’ Baxter Ramsden claimed MVP.
In the under-13 girls the Clippers faced the Hornets. The Clippers took control of the game in the final minutes, and got over the line 28-20.
Hornets’ Bree O’Donoghue was named MVP.
Mavericks claimed convincing wins in the under-16 girls and B-grade women’s when both teams played Lakers in their respective grand finals.
Mavericks defeated Lakers 40-19 in the under-16 final and won 59-30 in the women’s.
Zoe Burke was named MVP in the under-16s and Tayla Grubissa won the B women’s MVP.
In the under-16 boys Lakers’ had control of the game against Suns. The Lakers maintained a double-digit lead for most of the game, ending the match 69-20.
MVP was awarded to Lakers’ Zach Gebauer.
The under-18 boys provided the game of the night, as the Lakers got over the line 41-39.
Corry Westbury was awarded his first of two MVP awards for the night.
In the A-grade women, an experienced Cougars side played the under-18 squad. The young side stole the show in the final seconds of the match to take home the main prize, 36-33.
Cougars’ Stacey Emms was selected MVP.
The men’s open game finished off the night when the under-18 squad played Rose City Rangers. The younger side better on the night and getting over the line 37-31.
Under-18 squad’s Corry Westbury was voted MVP.
The autumn and winter competition starts April 24 and Vicinity Centre’s Aussie Hoops on May 11.
GRAND FINAL RESULTS
Under-12 boys: Celtics v Lakers: Lakers won 36-27
Under-13 girls: Clippers v Hornets: Clippers won 28-20
Under-14 boys: Celtics v Heat: Celtics won 33-25
Under-16 girls: Mavericks v Lakers: Mavericks won 40-19
Under-16 boys: Lakers v Suns: Lakers won 69-20
Under-18 boys: Lakers v Magic: Lakers won 41-39
B-grade women’s: Mavericks v Lakers: Mavericks won 59-30
A-grade women’s: Cougars v under-18 squad: under-18 squad won 36-33
A-grade men’s: under-18 squad v Rose City Rangers: under-18 squad won 37-31