TALL TIMBER: Isaac Blackaby in action at the Gladstone Junior Basketball Carnival.
TALL TIMBER: Isaac Blackaby in action at the Gladstone Junior Basketball Carnival. Mike Richards

Isaac takes a lesson from heavy defeat

ISAAC Blackaby learnt a tough lesson on Saturday morning in his first ever representative basketball match, going down heavily to Emerald.

But it was what Isaac took from the match that was more important than the result.

At 12 years old, he was playing against much older bodies in the under-16s competition, but still came out with some confidence about how to use his lengthy frame.

"It is not about how old they are but about how you play," he said.

"I do try to use my height to my advantage."

And unsurprisingly, it is rebounds where Isaac tends to excel on the court, along with making the opposition take difficult shots.

But he chipped in with a few points of his own along the way.

"I got two free throws and a field basket," he said.

"I don't like to say I am good at anything and brag, but rebounding is my best skill."

Still with a lot of growing to do, Isaac has a lot of time to work out what his goals are, into his third season of basketball.

Now he has a taste for the representative level, he is keen for more.

"My aim is just to represent Gladstone at basketball for now," he said.

It is something his dad Andrew is keen on seeing as well.

A win wouldn't go astray for either father or son.

"They got beat pretty easy but he tried hard, it was a good effort for his first game," Andrew said.



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