From the Convenor of Basketball, Anthony Gibbs
Waverley 2nd V went down 50-53 in an exciting Friday night matchup against the undefeated Cranbrook 2nd V. Waverley quickly found themselves on the back foot early in the first half, unable to handle Cranbrook’s full court pressure. The visitors were able to build a substantial early lead which left Waverley fighting from behind for the rest of the night. Despite Waverley’s early offensive struggles, they were able to stay in the game on the back of a huge first half from Keilan Grace who had 17 points of his side’s 21 first half points. Cranbrook started off the second half the same way they did the first, but Waverley were able to finally slow them down with some big defensive plays from Nick Bosnar and Ben Walton. As Waverley began to click offensively, some huge plays from Tom McMahon and a pair of big shots from Josh Gleeson saw Waverley draw even heading into the final minutes. Waverley had three consecutive possessions in the last 20 seconds but were unable to draw even as Cranbrook, to their credit, were able to hold on and in doing so, secure the 2019 CAS 2nd V Premiership.
After three lackluster weeks, the 1st V lifted their game significantly against Cranbrook. Waverley led all the way to post a 103-78 win in front of a sizeable and vocal crowd. Dion Hatziandreou, Angelo Di Bartolo, Ash Backlund, Kyle Goulding and Ryan Abbott were outstanding on the night. The win moved Waverley to 4 wins for the season.
On Saturday 16th of March, the Basketball Presentation Night was held and was another great success with approximately 200 guests in attendance. A huge thank you to our Supporters Club and 1st’s and 2nd’s parents, especially Mrs Sophia Hatziandreou, Jo Morrissey and Nicole and Stephen Abbott for all their work this season with the BBQ, after-functions and Presentation Night. Without the efforts of our dedicated parents, basketball would not enjoy the success it does, nor the excellent community spirit and goodwill that has been generated. A special thank you must go to outgoing club president Mrs Hatziandreou, whose leadership and approach has been instrumental in creating a strong, caring supporters group.
A full list of award winners will be published in the next edition of Nurrunga.
Enjoy a well-earned break!
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