Ballarat boys represent Victoria Country in Australian Junior Championships grand final

Victoria Metro Boys team including Charlie Molan and Ben Hobbs after the final. Picture: Basketball Victoria
Victoria Metro Boys team including Charlie Molan and Ben Hobbs after the final. Picture: Basketball Victoria

Under-16 Ballarat Miners Charlie Molan and Ben Hobbs represented Victoria Country in the boys final at the Australian Junior Championships on Friday night.

The team missed out on the gold medal by 10 points in a tough encounter with Victoria Metro after a strong start and establishing a five-point lead at half-time.

Ballarat’s Austin McKenzie was also selected to represent Victoria Country, but a broken bone in his finger a week before departure kept him on the sidelines.

DETAILS

Victoria Country 17 37 54 64

Victoria Metro 16 32 54 74 

POINTS – Country: Michel 14, Molan 10, Carey 10, McCauley 9, Hobbs 5, Daniels 5, Burgoyne 4, Matapule Otutaha 4, D’Angelo 2, Coles 1. Metro: Ofoedu 22, Roche 14, Duach 8, Fischer 7, Andrews 6, Dammers 5, Windhager 4, Moli 4, Pierre 2, Johnson 2.

REBOUNDS Country 45, Metro 56

ASSISTS – Country 12, Metro 20

SHOOTING – field goals, Country 25/58 (43%), Metro 31/75 (41%); three-pointers, Country 3/19 (15%), Metro 6/22 (27%); free throws, Country 11/17 (64%), Metro 6/13 (46%).