Byron Beez U/16 came second in the finals of the combined NSW Northern and Eastern Junior Waratah League championships division after travelling to Gosford last month.
Coming into the finals weekend sitting in third place, they faced sudden-death matches throughout.
First up was a tight game against Maitland, which was even all the way through to the last 60 seconds of play. Byron lost a key player in Harley Kent to five fouls, but the remaining team didn’t break stride and held on for the victory 79–73.
The semifinal saw the boys face a fired-up Gosford City team on their home court. Both teams were in foul trouble early but it was the Beez boys who seized control of the game in the fourth quarter and never looked back, giving them a place in the grandfinal against Newcastle.
The final match started off to a frenetic pace with the score close for the first quarter. But a lapse in concentration allowed Newcastle to explode and secure a 25-point lead that they never relinquished. Despite that poor quarter, the Byron boys never stopped competing for the last quarters, which showed the competitiveness each one of them possesses.
The team was at the Country Championships last weekend in Newcastle and are then off to the NSW Country Championships League (CCL) where they have qualified to compete for the title of the Top Country Team in NSW.
Many thanks to the great group of Byron Bay Basketball parents who make this all happen.