Gladstone teams ready for Hervey Bay assault
BASKETBALL: The Central District Carnival tips off today at the Hervey Bay Basketball Stadium with Gladstone's under-14 girl's and boy's teams as well as the under-12 boys to compete.
The majority of the under-14 boy's team are top-age players and their first taste of under-14 basketball at representative level last season will stand the team in good stead.
That is the opinion of strong point guard Albert Maunga.
"We'd like to go undefeated and our coach Duane (Barrenger) has been awesome,” Albert, 12, said.
He, along with fellow guard Seth Collins, are key players who have the ability to split the defence with either powerful drives or to pass the ball to players in better scoring positions.
"We have been working on our offence and full-court press as well as communication,” Albert said.
"We all know our positions that we are going to play in.”
Albert also has the strength to park himself under the basket and score and he regards himself as a shooter who backs himself with his ball skills.
The under-14 boy's team take on
Bridie Lenz hopes for the same success for her under-14 Gladstone girl's team.
She said that her first carnival was when she was low on confidence, but that has now changed.
"This is my third carnival and I have grown a lot,” Bridie said.
That growth has coincided with her confidence and she added that her defence is her best attribute.
"I'm best at defending and blocking out the shots,” Bridie said.
The aptly-named Rahul Captain may well be just that to lead his under-12 Gladstone boy's team.
Rahul will play in his second carnival and perhaps watching the NBA will lift his game to another level.
"I like to watch Stef Curry, Lebron (James) and all the NBA superstars,” Rahul said.
He added that the under-12 side is looking good with a focus of moving the ball quickly in transition.
"I like to get my team-mates involved by bringing the ball down and passing it off,” Rahul said.
Hunter Spry, 11, will play for the Gladstone under-14 'B-team'.
The side has several players who have played in the 'A-team' in previous CDC campaigns.
"Most of us have played lest year and know what each other are doing,” Hunter said.
Cienna Jaavuo and her Gladstone under-12 girl's team-mates will play two games against Rockhampton in Rockhampton next weekend.
U14 Boys 1: Albert Maunga, Benj Bell, Alvin Kahundo, Matthew Willard, Luke Hampson, Lenny Evans, Ben Knight, Seth Collins, Nicolas Lantry. U14 Boys 2: Tyran Littleboy, Mason Schellebeck, Josh Morfey, Cooper Rhodes, Hunter Spry, Angus Clancy, Lincon Bray, Kade Beamish. U14 Girls: Bella Heathwood, Kadee Barrenger, Erin Harvey, Arwen Field, Bridie Lenz, Brooke Lee, Billie Pearce. U12 Boys: Brayden Smith, Will Ostegar, Brayden Steer, Mac Bamfield, Jack Lymbery, Jaxon Job, Tyrell Smith, Rahul Captain, Mac Banford
Saturday: 11:20 U12 Boys Gladstone Hervey Bay; 14:00 U12 Boys Rockhampton 2 Gladstone; 11:20 U14/2 Boys Gladstone 2 Hervey Bay; 12:40 U14 Girls Hervey Bay Gladstone; 14:00 U14/2 Boys Gladstone 2 Rockhampton 2; 12:40 U14/1 Boys Rockhampton 1 Gladstone 1; 15:20 U14/1 Boys Bundaberg Gladstone 1; 16:40 U14 Girls Gladstone Rockhampton.
Sunday: 8:00 U14/1 Boys Gladstone 1 Emerald; 9:20 U12 Boys Bundaberg Gladstone; 12:00 U12 Boys Gladstone Rockhampton 1; 9:20 U14 Girls Rockhampton Gladstone; 10:40 U14/2 Boys Gladstone 2 Rockhampton 2; 13:20 U14/2 Boys Gladstone 2 Hervey Bay; 12:00 U14/1 Boys Rockhampton 1 Gladstone 1; 13:20 U14 Girls Gladstone Bundaberg.