Silver medals for Bendigo basketballers at national championships

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UPDATED: Bendigo’s Dyson Daniels and Dylan McCauley have shared silver medal success at the 2018 Australian Under-16 Basketball Championships on the Sunshine Coast.

The junior Braves’ pair’s Victoria Country team fell 10 points shy of Victoria Metropolitan in Friday night’s grand final at the USC Sports Stadium.

Country led at half time, but was overwhelmed in the final quarter to lose 74-64.

The result made it a double for Victoria Metropolitan over their Country cousins after they also won today’s girls’ grand final (see earlier details below).

Daniels was playing in his second under-16 nationals, while McCauley was playing in his first.

NBendigo’s Tom Thorn was an assistant coach with the silver medal-winning boys’ team.

EARLIER: For the second straight year, Bendigo’s Piper Dunlop and Meg McCarthy have earned silver medals at the Australian Under-16 Basketball Championships.

The junior Braves duo were key members of the Victoria Country team, which was beaten 65-57 by Victoria Metropolitan, in Friday’s grand final on the Sunshine Coast.

Dunlop, who finished as the tournament’s leading rebounder and fifth highest scorer, contributed four points and 11 rebounds in the final.  She also finished with three blocks.

McCarthy had eight points and three rebounds.

Skipper Paige Price led the way for Country with a game-high 19 points, while Charlise Dunn got 15 points for Metropolitan.

Country paid for a tardy start to the contest and at one point trailed 15-2.

It was back-to-back silvers for Dunlop and McCarthy after being part of last year’s team in Perth.

EARLIER TODAY: Bendigo junior basketballers will have their shot at winning a national championship on the Sunshine Coast today.

Piper Dunlop, Meg McCarthy, Dyson Daniels and Dylan McCauley will represent their respective Victoria Country teams in grand finals at the Australian Under-16 Junior Championships.

In two all-Victorian grand finals, Victoria Country will play Victoria Metropolitan in the girls at 4pm and boys at 6pm.

The boys advanced to the grand final with a 75-52 semi-final win against South Australia Country on Thursday.

The girls won their way through to the grand final with a convincing 66-47 win against Queensland North.

They were led by Dunlop, who finished with game-highs in points (20) and rebounds (22).

It continued an excellent tournament for Dunlop, who was part of Victoria Country’s silver medal-winning team at last year’s championships.

She is averaging 14.43 points and 14.86 rebounds for the tournament, with her hauls against Queensland North both representing tournament highs for the talented youngster.

Her junior Braves team-mate McCarthy is averaging seven points, 4.43 rebounds and four assists.

For the boys’ team, Daniels is averaging 5.5 points, 2.88 rebounds and 1.62 assists, while McCauley, who was a late inclusion to the team after originally being named as an emergency, has vindicated his call-up by averaging six points, 1.75 rebounds and 1.88 assists.