Wednesday, 15th March, 2017
By Peter Argent
Across three venues in Adelaide, the Wayville, Morphett Park and Pasadena stadiums, the 2017 SA Country Basketball Championships were held over the long-weekend, March 11-13.
The Broken Hill Basketball Association team, the Broncos Under 14s boys made the semi final in the division three competition, and although gallant were defeated by the Port Lincoln Sharks.
Against a bigger and taller opponent, the Broncos lost 34-51.
Kody Ellis top scored for Broken Hill in this clash with 16 points, while the diminutive Cohen Tonkin played with great hustle and scored 10 points.
Over the first two days in the round robin segment of the tournament, the Broncos started with a 10 points victory over Mildura (32-22) and then followed that up on Saturday afternoon with a significant loss to Great Southern (24-48).
The lads rebounded strongly on Sunday will a pair of strong victories. They started with a solid and composed effort against Roxby Downs, winning by six (36-30) and then monstered Whyalla by 24 points, 41-17.
In the quarter final at the Pasadena Sports centre, the Broncos engineered a 30-27 win over Strathalbyn to progress to the penultimate game of the competition.
Ellis averaged 9.33 points per game (ppg) across the six matches with his best effort in the semi final.
Cooper Burke reached double figures in three matches, with a highest of 13 against Whyalla on Sunday and averaged 8.33 ppg.
With 10 points against Roxby in round three, Lachlan Turley produced his best offensive effort of the tournament.
The other members of the Broncos squad Bjay Adams, Luke Nicoli and Shakur Johnson all contributed to the effort at different times over the course of the weekend.
Their semi final opponents, the Port Lincoln Sharks lost their Grand Final match to the Riverland by eight points, 44 to 36.
Playing at Morphett Vale the Under 14s girls won two their four round robin games defeating Willunga & Districts by five points and having a massive win over Strathalbyn, getting up by 19 points (32-13), but also incurred two big defeated by Mount Gambier (49-16) to start the tournament and in round four by 24 points.
In the quarter final, Port Lincoln proved to be too good as well winning this elimination game 52-14.
Isabella Williams had the best ‘ppg average’ for the Broncos girls with 5.2 and a highest score of nine in the win over Strathalbyn. Lauren Paceís best effort was a eight point game also against Strathalbyn, while Ashlee McConnell secured seven points in the contest with Port Pirie.
Other members of the squad were Elle Joy Yamomo, Lily Mackay and Zali Beattie who played all five matches, while Kendra Bugmy was named twice.