The 2014 senior basketball competition winners have been found following finals this week.
In the A section of the men's grade the AWS Legal Thundercats defeated The Boltz 68-65. The Boltz were the regular season winners and had previously beaten the Thundercats twice during the season but there was no shortage of determination from both teams in the final.
This game lived up to its expectations with the final result up in the air until the last 30 seconds of the game. The lead changed many times as both teams saved some of their best play of the season for the final. Top scorers for the Thundercats were; Andrew Wheeler 20, Jono Campbell 17 and Matthew Dobson 14 while The Boltz main contributors were: Hoani McDonald 18, Brendon Boniface 13 and Paratene McLeod 12.
B section winners were Southland Boys' High School who met rivals James Hargest in their final. This was a close game right to the end and an excellent display of the skills within the high schools. Southland Boys' were ahead by two heading into the last quarter when it was still anyone's game but drew away with a 30-18 point last quarter to put the game beyond doubt.
Top points scorers were; Bailey Andrews 24, James Scobie 17 and Piet Grandiek 14 for Southland Boys' and James Hargest College's Joel Findlay, 18, and Andrew McColl 16.
The women's grade was won by Lone Star Rogues beating Lone Star Storm 62-45.
The Rogues seemed in control at halftime with a 10-point lead but the Storm hit back to be within five heading to the last quarter.
An outstanding last quarter by the winners put the game out of reach of the Storm, who had no answer for the experience of their opposition.
The top points scorers were; Sarah Hamilton 19 , Jo Thompson 13, Grace Jones 10 and Jessy Raukawa 10 for the Rogues and Aliyah Dunn 15, Lucy Brown 15 and Patrice Spencer Humm 8 for the Storm.
In other results, the Titans defeated Lone Star X Men 75-65 to take third place in section one, and the Jets won by default to the under-17 boys to be third in section two.
The James Hargest girls prevailed over the Dream Team 49-48 in the closest game of the night for the women's playoff for third.
- The Southland Times