All Stars do it against all odds

Today the Grade 5/6 Hoop Time All Stars competed in the Regional Finals at Dandenong Basketball Stadium. The day did not start well by losing our tallest player due to illness. This left us with 6 players, which the boys knew would be tough.

The boys battled hard through the round robin stage to finish with 3 wins and 1 nail biting draw. This left us in 2nd place in our pool meaning we would have to play the top team in another pool.

Fortunately for the boys they played an outstanding game to win by 5 points and advance through to the State Finals.

It was a fantastic day and I am so proud of the boys. To win with just 6 players is a real achievement and something they will remember for a long time. Luke and Heath were clutch with their pressure shooting. Will played like a 6ft giant and rebounded and defended like a beast. Bailey got into great positions all day and was always making space. Archer and Jayden protected the ball well and finished a lot of their shots. And Riley was so supportive and encouraging and able to help a nervous coach from the bench as he was sidelined with a broken finger.

Thanks to those parents who drove the boys and assisted on the day. Hoop Time officials even complimented Beaconsfield on how well we dealt with situations when things became a bit controversial.

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