Silver medal at national carnival
Tuesday, 17th August, 2010
Isaac Cumming returned to the city on the weekend with a team silver medal from the National School Sport Australia Basketball Championships in Darwin.
Isaac was a member of the NSW State 12 Year Boys team following his selection at the PSSA State Basketball Carnival held in Sydney in May.
The competition was extremely strong with seven State teams competing in the 12 year boys' draw.
On day one of the competition the NSW boys played Queensland and won 58 to 40. They backed up again to win against South Australia 66 to 50.
Day two saw NSW defeat ACT 66 to 60. That afternoon the boys lost to Victoria 57 to 49 in a close but frustrating match where easy shots just weren't going into the basket.
The following day a win to NSW against Northern Territory (74 to 25) followed by a win against Western Australia (56 to 33) enabled NSW boys to be ranked as Number 1 after the minor rounds.
This was a good position to hold, with Queensland and Victoria ranked as number two and three going into the medal rounds. The worst NSW could do, would be to come away with a bronze medal.
Last Wednesday was a day off for players, where all the teams were entertained by the jumping crocodiles in a tourist day organised by the carnival executive. The warm, tropical weather was ideal for swimming in the pool and enjoying the relaxed Darwin lifestyle.
Thursday saw NSW play Queensland. Queensland led all game until the last quarter when NSW got it together, and with 20 seconds to go, the scores were level at 43 all. Queensland scored a "3 pointer" in the dying seconds to win the match 46 to 43. Queensland played a strong carnival and was the eventual gold medal winner of the carnival for 12 year boys.
With Victoria also losing to Queensland, the play-off for the silver or bronze medal was on Friday night between NSW and Victoria. It was a nail-biting game with each team going basket for basket.
NSW stayed strong to win in a close match, 58 to 52, to take home the silver medal. Victoria had won the gold medal for nine consecutive years, so for Victoria to take home a bronze medal this year was a sweet victory for both Queensland and NSW.
Isaac enjoyed playing basketball at this level of competition and was a valuable team member for his speed and ability to set up play.
The opportunity to represent both NSW and Broken Hill at a national carnival was a memorable experience.
This trip, however, could not have been possible without the support of the Broken Hill community, including individuals, businesses, and organisations too numerous to mention who supported Isaac's fundraising efforts to attend the National Carnival.