Busy Beez will give the final their best shot
INJURIES did not stop Byron Bay from securing a spot in the Sunshine Conference basketball final against the Grafton Vikings at Grafton Sports Stadium tonight.
Point guard Matt Ogle fractured his hand in the final game of the season while Ryan Holme and Michael Rosignole also missed the semi-final against Ballina.
A flurry of goals in the final quarter allowed the Beez to run away with an 80-52 win.
Michael Baggaley top- scored with 19 points and will be a key man against a young Grafton side along with forward Riley Gollan and Nash Campbell in the centre.
"We have a bit of an older side with blokes well into their 30s and early 40s,” coach Alvin Canyon said yesterday.
"Nash Campbell is a veteran and he brings that leadership on and off the court.
"We have shooting guards who can score from outside and guys like Jason Golding who can take them on inside.”
There's been little between Byron and Grafton during the 10-week competition rounds of the Sunshine Conference.
"This would be a sweet one to win with it being the first year back,” Canyon said.
"We can change the pace of the game to suit us and we have the experience to do that.
"It's going to be a tough game but bring it on, we're ready to go.”
Byron Bay has a handful of younger players in the team and will push to get more in the top team next year.
The Sunshine Conference was resurrected this year to get people playing competitive basketball again and foster junior talent.
"Our aim next year will be to bring a lot of the younger guys up,” Canyon said.
"Basketball is strong in Byron Bay. We have the new stadium and our numbers are growing.”
The final starts at 6pm.