Young Pirates conquer all

March 05, 2018

Echuca Pirates Under 14 girls after winning a tournament in Benalla.

IT just keeps getting better for Echuca’s junior basketball sides.

They have had an incredible year so far and that continued recently at the Benalla Basketball Tournament.

At this tournament, the under 14s Pirates shone in the girls and boys tournaments with both coming away undefeated.

In the pool stage, the girls were unstoppable.

Coming up against the Wangaratta Warriors in the opening game, the Pirates were off to a flyer.

Raina Fimmel played a key role in the match, putting up six points as the Pirates claimed a 12 point win.

Taking on the Swan Hill flyers in the second match of the tournament, Zayah James put up eight points as the Pirates smashed their opposition, taking the win by a staggering 37 points.

Sienna Agg led the way in the third match against the Yarra-Mul Lakers, putting up six points in a far closer match, the Pirates walking away with a 12 point win.

A semi-final birth against Swan Hill awaited, with the girls once again putting on a show, advancing to the grand final with a 26 point win.

In the grand final, the Pirates showed why they were the best team in the tournament, taking a 22 point win against Wangaratta to complete an undefeated tournament.

Maia Roberts, fresh off her selection to this years New Zealand Cup tour, scored 15 points, giving her a tournament average of 9.8 points per game.

The result will see the girls travel to Ballarat for the Country Championships in April.

Defeat was a foreign concept to the boys as well.

The tournament began with a victory over the Yarra-Mul Lakers, with Jobe Shanahan putting up seven points in a 30-25 win.

An eight-point win over the Benalla Breakers was to come, with Will Poulton putting on a man of the match performance of 17 points as the Pirates took the win 46-38.

Traditional rival Myrtleford would be next in line, Hunter Dixon with 10 points as the in a 38-22 victory to continue the unbeaten run.

The final game of the group stage was a huge result for the Pirates.

Noah Langborne would put up nine points as the Pirates simply outclassed Mansfield, winning 55-25.

The Breakers were back in the final, but that didn’t bother the Pirates.

Will Poulton was the hero again with 11 points, as the Pirates claimed a 31-24 win to make it two undefeated tournaments for the Pirates.

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