Junior Classic is a winner

MORE than 6000 junior players, coaches, officials and families descended on Bendigo for the annual Skin Ski N Surf Junior Classic basketball tournament.

The three-day tournament culminated in deciders across both the boys and girls divisions on Monday.

Junior Bendigo Braves teams played in seven grand finals.

Junior Classic tournament director Nathan Williams said the home-side had put in a great effort over the tournament, winning six titles.

The under-12 girls defeated Sunbury 28-19 in the grand final, while the under-12 boys were too strong for Traralgon 46-20.

The under-18 boys won their final 54-40 over Wodonga, while the under-20 girls outclassed Shepparton 37-13.

The Braves under-16 A boys team won the title against Wangaratta 41-25. 

The Braves under-14 C girls side defeated Myrtleford 25 to 20.

This year’s competition attracted 50 more teams than last year.

Teams from across country Victoria and Melbourne competed in age groups between under-12s to under-20s.

Williams said it was a hectic three days.

“Each club that comes to compete in the classic event have brought more teams,” he said.

“For instance Ballarat last year came with three or four teams and this year they have had 12, which is great.”

Williams said the quality of basketball was high across the tournament.

He said Bendigo had put on a good show.

“A lot of the kids that played are involved with academy’s and state squads,” Williams said.  

“Bendigo has put on a good show.”

To see more photos from the Junior Basketball Classic visit the Bendigo Advertiser website. 

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