Basketball: Ballarat claims women's A grade title after a successful tournament weekend

BALLARAT has captured the women’s A grade title in the City of Ballarat Senior Basketball Tournament.

Ballarat’s Big V youth championship combination defeated the highly fancied Melbourne University by five points at the Minerdome yesterday.

Star Rush youngster Kasey Burton was named the most valuable player.

The men’s A grade premiership also went to a provincial team.

Warrnambool had the better of Keysborough 50-48. Scores were tied with less than 30 seconds to play. 

Keysborough missed the last shot of the game, leaving Warrnambool to celebrate.

Ballarat Basketball administration and events manager Mark Valentine said the 46th edition of the tournament had been successful, with almost 700 players taking part.

Ballarat also enjoyed success with State Bank Blue making it back-to-back titles in the men’s masters section.

State Bank boasts several former Miners players who showed against NEC Warriors still have the “skills and the smarts” to find a way to win. 

Ex-Miner Paul Hotchin was judged the MVP.

Ballarat teams dominated men’s B grade, filling three semi-final positions before Bulls held their nerve to win the grand final by a single basket.

Women’s C grade was a similar story, with HPD moving up from social to claim the title.

Grand finals:

A men: Warrnambool 50 d Keysborough 48. MVP: Simon O’Keefe (Warrnambool)

A women: Ballarat Rush Youth 43 d Melbourne Uni 38. MVP: Kasey Burton (Ballarat)

B men: Bulls 45 d Dragon Vultures 43. MVP: Dean Neville (Dragon Vultures)

C men: JKDs 37 d Craigieburn 33. MVP: Craig Jarvis (Craigieburn)

C women: HPD 55 d Rusty Cheese 21. MVP: Jacqui Bartram (HPD)

C2 men: The Marvels 56 d La Trobe Uni 37. MVP:- L.Tezzwiga (The Marvels)

Masters men: State Bank Blue 45 d NFC Warriors 42. MVP: Paul Hotchin (State Bank Blue)

Social men: Reflex 66 d TTTHF 56. MVP: Ben Atkinson (Reflex)

Social women: Schmoosters 48 d Revival 32. MVP: K.Thorburn (Schmoosters)

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