High school teams are not short on skills on court
HIGH school teams from the Northern Rivers converged on the Lismore Basketball Stadium for the annual Years 7-8 challenge.
The tournament, now in its fifth year, was initiated to allow schools to compete against each other regardless of their skill levels and to allow players to meet other students and talk basketball.
Boys and girls teams were well represented with schools from Woodenbong to the coast.
The round games quickly showed that schools had done the hard yards at training.
Some teams found it hard to score in the early rounds but improved as the day went on as they gained confidence and began to let loose.
Xavier Ballina and Trinity Lismore contested the girls final.
Both teams came out firing in defence and at times baskets were hard to come by due to hard close-outs, which forced players to throw up bad shots and miss lay-ups.
Eventually Xavier started to put points on the board and pulled away to win 25-13.
Trinity showed excellent courage and will only be stronger next year.
The boys final, as usual, was a tug-of-war between Lismore High and Trinity Lismore.
Bothsides put on a show with fast breaks and showmanship shots the name of the game.
Trinity's dogged defence helped keep them in the game with some great stops and steals around the ring.
Lismore High gradually pulled away. They had a comfortable lead at the major break and went on to win 57-35.