The senior men’s Byron Beez basketball team lost the grandfinal of the Sunshine Conference playing away at Lismore last Saturday night.
The Beez played some great basketball and put on a great show, but the Lismore Storm were too good, taking the win 83–65.
The Beez fought their way into the final with a 76–70 win against Ballina in a very close game played the week before.
The Beez last won the Sunshine Cup in its first year in 2016.
Local player Riley Gollan won the Most Valuable Player award for the whole league and also made the Allstar-5 team.
The junior Beez U/14 girls will be joining the Beez U/16 girls in Tamworth this weekend for the finals of the Northern Junior League.
The team played their way into the finals after a solid performance in the last round of the regular season played at Port Macquarie two weeks ago, coach Bret Madden said.
The first game against a much improved, fourth-ranked Lismore team was one of the most entertaining matches of the weekend.
The Beez showed their toughness in matching the bigger Lismore girls and held a five-point lead coming into the final quarter.
A strong push by Lismore saw them pull back the lead and win in the final seconds by one point, 35–34.
The Byron girls quickly re-grouped for their second match and came out strong against Coffs Harbour Black, winning that match comfortably.
The final game of the weekend was against a tough Quirindi team who had just lost to the previously top-ranked Taree team by a narrow margin. The Byron girls’ rapid improvement throughout the season culminated in a very convincing 47–23.
Isabella Hagan was a standout for Byron over the weekend, averaging 16 points per game and playing some very tough defence. Mia Wilson and Christie Howarth also continued to lead the way on the defence end.