Australian Schools Basketball Championships 2019

During the week of 2 - 6 December the Australian Schools Basketball Championships were held in Melbourne at the State Basketball Centre and Dandenong Basketball Stadium. This was the 8th year McKinnon has sent a team to this tournament.

The Intermediate Boys team represented the school this year and started off with a win 107-28 against Avondale (NSW). We then went on to beat Trinity (QLD) 67-40 and Mt Clear (VIC) 73-44. Our last pool game against an undefeated Bonnyrigg (NSW) team McKinnon won 58-48 to finish 1st in our pool.

In the Quarter Final McKinnon defeated Lilydale (VIC) easily 107-41 and the Semi Final McKinnon defeated Cheltenham 84-71. The final was played at 8am Friday morning with McKinnon up against an undefeated St Augustine's (NSW) team boasting 2 MSW Metro state players. McKinnon fought hard in the first half to be level with our opponents who ran away in the 3rd quarter to finish with a 68-48 victory. McKinnon finished with a 2nd place Runners Up medal.

The team consisted of Year 10s - Lucca and Padua Beaves, Adam Hatchuel, Harrison McPhee, Charlie OBrien and Tait Pascoe. Year 9s - Matt Day, Michael Aminov, Lewis Barclay and Year 8 - Oliver Ledger.

Thanks to Liam Adlington and Ryan O'Meara for scoring and the parents for your support throughout the week,

James Bridges

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