There were plenty of good results for the Byron Beez basketballers after five teams headed down to Port Macquarie for the first round of the North Eastern Junior League on March 5-6.
‘It was a great start to the representative season across the board. It’s not all about results,’ assistant coach James Short said. ‘Some teams are new, so it’s about building friendships and getting to know each other.’
The U/16 boys’ division one team were undefeated across four games.
Beez player Billy Blair emerged as the leading point scorer across the weekend, averaging 30 points per game. Billy and Sonny Milne were also among the top five three-point shooters.
The U/16 girls’ division one team had three wins from four outings.
‘The team combined well over four tough games to come away with three wins, which sets up our season really well,’ Coach Gary Lucas said.
‘The team also recently qualified for division one in the Gold Coast open girls’ competition. This is a high-level competition with some elite players and will be a great challenge for the girls.’
A new team, the U/16 girls’ division two side came away without a win, but solid experience. The U/18 boys also came away winless.
The U/18 girl’s division one were undefeated.
‘It was a great first round for the girls coming away with three wins from three games, especially as the majority are in their first year in U18’s and there is not much height within the team,’ James said. ‘They made up for it by having lots of heart and commitment.’
The NEJL runs over five rounds, roughly one per month.