Corry Westbury has been named most valuable player for the under-18 squad and the open men’s grade during Friday’s basketball grand finals evening.
Westbury scored in the under-18 final, which his side the Lakers clinched in the final minute to win 41-39, and in the men’s open final, which the under-18 squad also won, 37-31.
After the final games were played, Westbury picked up the two MVP awards as judged by match umpires for ‘‘a great overall game, consistent (at) both ends of the court.’’
Westbury is also one of five up-and-coming Benalla basketballers to be selected to tour the United States at the end of the year with North East Bushrangers.
Benalla Basketball Association president Janet Symes said the Bushrangers, based in Wodonga, trained young talents in development squads for selection into state representative squads.
Along with the two MVP awards on the night, Di Abbott — who is the sister of William Ryan, a Benalla basketballer who died 30 years ago — presented the award named in her brother’s honour, the Willie Ryan Memorial Most Valuable Player Award in the men’s final, to Westbury.
●Westbury did not return phone calls from Benalla Ensign in relation to this article.