Thursday, 3rd May, 2012
By Darrin Manuel
The Broken Hill Basketball Association (BHBA) continues to produce top level athletes, with two players selected in State squads.
Under 16 players Sam Simmons and Abi Beck have impressed State selectors in recent combined games and trainings, with Sam selected in the final boys SA Country squad and Abi selected as reserve.
Both players have been travelling to SA for the past few months for intensive training camps at Murray Bridge, and BHBA President Grahame Semmens said their selection was well deserved.
“Broken Hill Basketball is extremely proud of both players and would like to congratulate both players for their selections,” he said.
Mr Semmens said Abi had done a remarkable job to earn a place as reserve after battling to overcome a serious injury.
“Abi had a lot of problems with an ankle injury she got last year, and that really affected her preparation and training,” he said.
“To still get a reserve spot after that is an amazing effort, so she may get a call up if any players are injured or unavailable to attend.
“She plays as an inside tall and she’s just so strong. She shoots well inside, and she can do it from the outside as well.”
Sam Simmons won’t have the luxury of sheer size to combat his opponents, but Mr Semmens said the youngster still has ample tricks in his game to compete.
“Sam is just a good all-round player, he can play small or tall, and just play anywhere.
“Obviously the kids are a bit taller at this level so he won’t be playing tall as often, but he’s still capable of rebounding.
“He basically won us a Country Carnival single handedly earlier this year, so I’m sure he’ll do well.”
SA Country will play in the National Championships at Tamworth from July 7-14.