U16 Northern Stars won against Eastern Heats in the 5X5 basketball final. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU. 20121811 and 20121814
Northern Stars have won both the U16 Boys and Girls 5X5 Avaiki Basketball Competition.
Western Knights won the open women event while Southern Express took home the
open men’s title.
Development Basketball representative Puna Vano says the first final match saw
Northern Stars scoring in the first half against Eastern Heats.
Stars just kept scoring until Eastern Heats realised, they were far behind.
They made a comeback scoring eight points to cushion the deficit. However, in
the end there was a seven-point margin and North won 32-25.
who also coached the East side, said he encouraged his team to look forward to
U16 Boys, Vano said the North side was expected to start the game on a high
note but Southern Express fought back and kept neck to neck on the scoreboard.
last five minutes of the game, the North made a good point lead and won 36-22.
open women, while much anticipation was on the Northern Stars to win, the
Western Knights took advantage from the start of the game.
time North realised, the Knights were too far ahead. Experienced basketball
player and coach Rex Valoa used his experience to run out the clock and used
the time to their advantage, said Vano.
Knights won 22-18.
open men competition, Northern Stars was leading 10-0 in the first half when
Southern Express bounced back.
said the Stars side got too comfortable during the game, giving Southern
Express space to bounce back.
Express won 34-25.
said they were happy with the whole tournament and the support given.
congratulated all the players, teams and coaches for an excellent season. Vano
also acknowledged Ministry of Internal Affairs (SIF), Te Kōrero o te 'Ōrau, Rex
Valoa Family, Frances Wigmore-Valoa, Papaaroa Adventist School and Brian 'Mat
Man' Morgan for their support.
Next year, the Avaiki Development will host two
seasons and will also include U19 teams.