During Term 2, selected Basketball students participated in the Winter Basketball program. This included a 3 x 3 style of training coached by Old Boy Mr Ryan Abbott, 1st V coach Mr Matthew Johnston, and Sydney 3 x 3 representative Mr Michael Golding.
The squad has undertaken an intensive training regime, and on Friday they were able to showcase their skills as they competed in a friendly tournament against The Scots College. It was held in the Br Lacey Gymnasium with music and action – packed games being played at every angle.
The senior tournament consisted of two pools with two Waverley teams and two Scots teams in each pool. Throughout the night, games were played with teams going at each other. After each team had played everyone in their pool, semi-finals saw the final four teams being Waverley players.
The Grand Final saw a Year 11 team facing off against a Year 10 team. The game went down to the wire, ending when Aren Yaghoubian drained a step-back three for the victorious win. The crowd then came rushing over surrounding him to celebrate his team’s victory, which included James Dyson Merwe, Aiden Pascoe and Eden Byrd.
The junior tournament had the same structure as the senior, with two pools, both with two Waverley and two Scots teams. These fast, intense games were fought hard, with every team winning and losing. When it came to the semi-final, Waverley once again came out on top, with three Waverley teams and one Scots team making it.
Once again, the Grand Final had two Waverley teams facing off against each other. One team consisted of a mix of year groups including two Year 10s, while the other team comprised four Year 8s. The junior Grand Final was another upset, with the younger underdog team beating the other Waverley team in a highly contested game. Congratulations to the following players for winning the junior tournament: Nico Palacio, Isaac Buchanan, Jonte Garvey and Noah Thomas.
Final thanks to Mr Matthew Johnston, Mr Michael Golding and Mr Anthony Gibbs and for help preparing this brilliant event. It was a great night for the boys.
Tom Gleeson (Year 12)
Captain of Basketball