MOSS Vale found their magic and took out a win in the women’s A-grade basketball grand final.
The under-18s representative team took victory over the Pink Ladies in a tight match.
Chelsea Hogg kept scores up for Magic and Tamara Place counteracted for the Pink Ladies whuich put the half time the score at 20-17 to Magic.
In the third quarter the Pink Ladies sat just two points behind on the scoreboard. But Magic were able to strengthen their lead by nine points which put the score at 32-23 by the end of the third quarter.
At the final buzzer the score was 44-33 and Magic took the title. Chelsea Hogg was the team’s top scorer with 14 points. Tamara Place was the Pink Ladies top scorer with 10 points.
The Pink Ladies had a number of young players on the team, Jessica Palmer-Quigg, Sara Feely and Summer Lewis were commended for their efforts, while experienced team members Amanda Rudge and Tamara Place were thanked for assisting the new players across the season.
The men’s grand final was held between minor premiers the Spherics and second placed Mosquitoes.
The teams had played each other previously throughout the season and all were close encounters. The Spherics won two previous round games and the major semi-final.
The Mosquitoes took an early lead after a 10 point quarter for Nick Bizjak, who hit some quality three point shots. Mitch Davies also chipped in and scored some long range shots.
Billy Campbell tried to match the pace for the Spherics and scored 13 points in the first quarter, but it wasn’t enough. The score was 26-15 to the Mosquitoes at quarter time.
In the second quarter Mosquitoes players Brandon Davies and Adam Canty tried to keep Campbell’s scoring ability limited. The strategy proved successful and the Spherics were only able to score four points in the quarter. At half time the Mosquitoes lead had grown to 51-19.
The Spherics made a recovery in the third quarter and scored 17 points to the Mosquitoes 13. But the damage had already been done and the Mosquitoes secured a 64-36 lead. Nick Bizjak secured the win for the Mosquitoes in the final quarter after he scored a huge 36 point. The full time score was 90-55.
Mosquitoes player Rick Davies said it was the team’s third consecutive grand final win.
“The Mosquitoes have been together for two years now and we play well as a team, to get another grand final was great,” Davies said.
The Mosquitoes will have some new faces on the team when the team hits the court next season. “Unfortunately we will lose a couple of players, but we will have a few more junior players in the team. We have quite a young side and it’s great to see the juniors move up the ranks for Moss Vale,” Davies said.
The Mosquitoes have been together for two years now and we play well as a team, to get another grand final was great