City?s basketball teams shine at Central carnival
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE teams responded to the challenge with some strong performances at the Central Region Basketball Carnival last weekend.
The harbour city won the under-12 girls competition, and were runnersup in the under-12 boys, under-14 girls, under-16 boys, under-16 girls and under-18 boys divisions.
Gladstone's success against their Bundaberg and Rockhampton opponents bodes well for the regional finals which it will also host this month.
Tayla Pegg was the standout for the triumphant under-12 girls who won two and drew one of their four matches.
Tayla's brother Luke was one of the best in the under-12 boys alongside the outstanding Codey Buchholz as they finished with two wins and two losses.
Kristina Radovanovic produced one of the weekend's biggest performances with a 23-point display in the under-14 girls' 45-22 win over Rockhampton.
Radovanovic and Rebecca Bailey starred for the side while Rick Fournier and Corey Barden played well for the under-14 boys.
Both of Gladstone's under-16 teams finished second, with Michael Grinter a standout for the boys, and Page Wharton and Gemma Pirie the best for the girls.
Gladstone's under-18 teams had tough weekends, both finishing third, although Matt Pirie, Chris Lynch, Carla Pirie and Alison Greenhalgh were in good form for their respective teams.
One of the highlights of the weekend was under-18 player Troy Robinson hitting a half-court buzzer beater in Gladstone's 44-40 win over Bundaberg.
Another feature was the level of refereeing and spirit between the three cities who provided 200 players for the carnival.
Gladstone Junior Basketball committee president Bob Pirie was pleased with the carnival and looked forward to the regional finals.
'The carnival was a great success,' he said. 'All the teams enjoyed the weekend and it was great preparation for a couple of weeks away.'