November 30, 2016
Kingaroy Basketball Association’s Season 2 drew to a close on Tuesday night with close games in both the A Grade and B Grade Grand Finals.
Fans who gathered at the Kingaroy Indoor Sports Auditorium were obviously enjoying the excitement, applauding every goal.
Presentations were held at the end of each Grand Final.
As well, the All Star 5 (and Most Valued Player) for KBA’s Season 2 were also named:
- A Grade All Star 5 – Brett Simpson, Andrew Gottke, Thomas Carroll, Gideon Okesene and Donny George (MVP)
- B Grade All Star 5 – Shaun Pukallus, Seith Romantiko, Dylan Coleman, Joshua Soley and Lachlan Davies (MVP)
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The A Grade Grand Final featured the two top teams from the season, Thunder and Regulators, and the rivalry between the sides was obvious.
At the end of the first quarter, Thunder was ahead 20-17.
Regulators clawed their way back to lead 21-20 at the mid-way point of the quarter.
The struggle continued to the half-time break, when both sides were locked 25-all.
Thunder were dominant in the third quarter, ending five goals ahead at the break, 34-29.
In the last, the scores were briefly locked again before Thunder shot a number of three-pointers that rattled Regulators.
The full-time score was Thunder 49, Regulators 40.
Thunder also took out the Season 1 Grand Final in June.
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In B Grade, the two teams that finished on the bottom of the table had shown great determination to work their way through to the Grand Final.
And this spirit continued throughout the game.
At half-time, Clovers were ahead 21-15 over Rockets but that position changed quickly as the third quarter opened.
Within a minute, Rockets had climbed to within one goal and then quickly drew even.
At the end of the third quarter Clovers were narrowly ahead 24-23.
The last quarter was destined to be a nailbiter.
Rockets drew even again, 24-all, as the lead swapped around.
But with 90 seconds left on the clock, Clovers were back in the lead 31-30 – and they stayed ahead until the final siren.
The final score was Clovers 35 Rockets 30.