On Saturday, the 1sts faced off against a tough opponent away for their last game of the season. This was the last time that the Year 12s would face Barker, and the last game of their high school career. Despite a loyal crowd of friends and family attending, Waverley was unable to hold down Barker, losing 56-40 in the final score.
The game started in Waverley’s favour, as they played incredible defence and forced Barker into some tough shots to make, ending the first quarter at a low score of 9-7. However, both teams were not on their A-game, as after countless missed attempts from all around the court, halftime concluded with the score being 19-18 in Barker’s favour.
The boys were led by Daniel Palacio, Oscar Walters-Green and Sergej Jakovljevic as they tried to pull the game in, however, it just slipped out of reach, with Barker’s scoring efforts in the final quarter pushing them over the line to win the game.
Congratulations and farewell to Marko Rangan, Marley Henare, Tom Gleeson, Oscar Walters-Green, Wylie Durrans, Harry Lee, Zion Poitaha and Daniel Palacio, who played their final high school game in a long journey, with some playing since Year 5.
Before the 1sts final game, the 2nds laced up to hopefully secure a win in their final match of the season. As well, the Year 12s in the 2nds team were playing their final game of the season. Fortunately, and memorably, for those Year 12s, the 2nds were able to win their final game in a nail-biter that was decided in the last second, winning 40-39.
The game was tight the whole way, with the boys going into halftime tied 20-20. They were led by Ehren Little’s defence, Tashi Harrison and Eden Byrd’s offence as they rallied themselves against a tough Barker squad, who kept fighting until the end. With 12 seconds to go, Barker hit two free throws to put them up by one point. With only one possession to win the game, the crowd went silent, as Ashar Te Rata shot and made the game-winning layup to put Waverley up by one point and win the game.
Congratulations to Dom Smith, Finlay Chandler, Asher Te Rata, Charlie Smith and Toby Longmire who won their final high school basketball game away at Barker!
On Saturday, the 10As played a dominant game against Barker for their last game of the season. Fortunately, they were able to win the game, the final score 61-20. They were led by Rory Donnellan, Ben Pignatelli and Giles Strachan.
The 9As were, unfortunately, unable to defeat Barker in a tough game at Waverley on Saturday. They were led by Nico Palacio, Petris Kalpouzanis and Angus Peshos as they fought till the very end, falling short 24-46.
The 8As versed a tough Barker team first thing in the morning on Saturday. The boys played a strong game, with the final score being so close up to the final minute. They were led by Hayden McAusland, Phil Falaniko and Dom Dametto, as they managed to win 44-39.
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From the Convenor
Final Round Results
The final round of the CAS Basketball season against Barker saw some excellent results from Waverley.
The 1st V finished 4th, with four wins from 10, while the 2nds finished 2nd, with eight wins. The 10As ended their season in 5th place on four wins, the 9As came first on eight wins, the 8As third on four wins, and the 7As came fifth in a very tough competition.
Several teams were crowned CAS champions: 9A, 9B, 9G, 7B, 7E, 7F, and 7G. We will celebrate these achievements and others on Saturday, at the exciting Basketball Presentation Night.
Other teams to win against Barker included: 3rd V (33-32), 4th V (38-31), 7th V (34-28), 10A (61-20), 10C (51-30), 10D (53-34), 10E (33-29), 10F (55-36), 9B (56-33), 9C (41-36), 9D (36-35), 9G (34-17), 8A (44-39), 8D (48-21), 8E (29-28), 8F (40-35), 7B (35-32), 7D (28-15), 7E (57-23), 7F (44-13), 7G (18-8), 7H (30-10), 7I (28-7), and 7J (12-5), while the 5th V tied (24-all).
Congratulations to all our Year 12 players, in particular those in 1sts and 2nds, many of whom have played eight seasons for the College at the highest levels, which has entailed extra commitments on their part.
Well done to the following 1sts players who were successful at the CAS representative trials on Monday at Cranbrook: Marko Rangan (CAS 1sts), Tom Gleeson, Marley Henare and Sergej Jakovljevic (CAS 2nds). They will particiapte in a series of games against ISA, AICES and GPS in the coming weeks. For more details of these games, please visit the CAS website.
Thanks to all our wonderful coaches for their efforts this season in helping to develop our players. Thanks to our Supporters’ Club, in particular, Rachael Smith and Glenn Smith, without whom we would not have a Saturday BBQ.
Thanks to those parents/carers who also happily assisted on the BBQ. Thanks to Anne Gleeson for organising post-game afternoon teas and dinners when we hosted visiting teams, and thanks to our 1sts and 2nds parents/carers for their support of this important event.
Our last event for the season is the Basketball Presentation Night this Saturday. If you were unable to purchase tickets and wish to attend, please contact me as soon as possible.
Thank you and see you at Presentation Night!