Pirates test the waters at Swan Hill tournament

By Riverine Herald

U12A Boys

We had a fantastic tournament.

The under 12A Boys won two of their three games and made it into the semi-final on Sunday morning.

They went up against Bendigo Braves 2 and had two periods of time on as the dual between the two teams was intense.

We fought so hard but unfortunately went down by three points and missed out on the grand final.

We are an exciting team full of lots of talent and extremely determined young boys.

Watch this space we are only going to get better.

U12A Girls

The Swan Hill tournament was another successful weekend for the under 12A girls who once again came runners-up, this time to a skilful Mildura Heat.

The girls had three straight wins against Shepparton Gators, Swan Hill Flyers and Horsham before going down to Mildura Heat in round five on Sunday morning.

They finished second on the ladder which meant they had to challenge Mildura Heat again in the final.

The game was initially close however Mildura’s shooting accuracy got them over the line against a very strong and determined Echuca Pirates.

The girls came away with smiles on their faces and another runner up trophy.

Congratulations girls, looking forward to Wangaratta this weekend.

U14A Girls

Under 14 girls had another successful weekend.

They won all three games Saturday to finish on top of the ladder for division one.

In their semi-final they were too strong for Deniliquin winning 40-23.

Playing Bendigo Braves in the grand final, the girls were strong contenders throughout the whole game and won 48-30. Holly Chadwick dominated throughout the whole tournament and was MVP for the grand final.

U14A Boys

The 14A boys had a great weekend of development despite the outcome of the last three games.

A two point win against Bendigo to start the Tournament was well deserved as the boys followed the game plan with smart decision making and effective ball control.

Team play wins matches.

Our round two match against Swan Hill ended in a disappointing nine point loss as the boys let the opposition dictate the majority of the game.

Instead of playing the team game, they overplayed the ball which resulted in too many turnovers.

Round three they took on the highly experienced and talented Mildura side.

Despite going down by 37 points, the boys played a much better team game and had a lot of positives to take from the match.

The scoreboard did not reflect the standard of the game and the result would have been much closer had the Pirates shooting been more accurate.

In the semi-final we were up against Swan Hill who started quickly, playing a more disciplined and better team game getting out to an 18 point lead.

The boys were a bit rattled but after some effective time-outs, they played a better team game and were more disciplined as the match went on but could not peg back the deficit going down by just five points in the end.

Had they managed to hit a few more baskets, the result could quite easily have been reversed.

The boys should not be disappointed with the results, they proved they have the character needed to improve and can take a lot of lessons from the tournament and build on the potential shown in the second half of their last game.

Congratulations on some great teamwork and a fun weekend as we now focus on being a more competitive unit when we head to Wangaratta for our next tournament.

U14B Boys

We had a great tournament with two wins from four games.

Our defence was strong and consistent, the ball handling and turnovers were impressive.

Shooting accuracy was up this tournament and the team worked hard together to achieve their wins.

Well done, team.

U16A Girls

The girls travelled to Swan Hill to participate in the annual basketball tournament, their second for the season.

The girls played four games across the weekend, against Bendigo, Mildura and Swan Hill in pool play on Saturday and on Sunday, played in the semi-final against the eventual champions, Mildura.

Whilst not delivering the perfect performance, the girls played very well in patches and look to build on this going into future tournaments.

U16B Girls

The U16B girls started the weekend well.

Even though the score didn’t show this the girls played well as a team but went down to Mildura.

The next game was against Rochester which was a very tough match, with the girls going down by 50 points. Congratulations to Tilly Candy for scoring her first three point of the tournament.

The next game against Deniliquin was a very even game.

Scores where level with a few minutes to go, then Deni scored two quick goals.

The final score was a Deni win, 20-16.

The final game was against Bendigo.

This was also a very even game.

The girls played very well in defence and with an amazing last two minutes serge the girls fought back to only go down by eight point.

Final score 29-21.

Overall a great weekend.

U16A Boys

Echuca Pirates Under 16 boys A team played four pool games against Horsham, Swan Hill, Bendigo 2 and Mildura.

The boys played high intensity basketball and were able to win all of their games.

This put them into the grand final on Sunday afternoon against Mildura.

Echuca started the game strongly with their defensive press and fast ball movement working well.

Noah Long and Elijah Bruns were hitting the scoreboard, Luke Caine rebounded strongly and Sam Deola and Anthony Huisman applied plenty of defensive pressure.

At half-time Echuca held a handy 11 point lead.

In the second half, Will Rohde and Nash Ramage controlled the tempo of the game while Hugh Byrne and Will Poulton played valuable minutes.

At one stage Echuca’s lead got out to 20 points, Mildura rallied late in the game but the Pirates were comfortable 10-point winners.

U16B Boys

The 16B boys started their first away tournament in Swan Hill strongly but coming up against two very well developed Mildura and Bendigo teams on Saturday saw them head into their third game with two loses.

In an action packed game they drew with Warracknabeal and displayed great defence and team work on the court.

U18A Girls

Under 18 girl pirates played some great basketball on Saturday in Swan Hill to take three wins from their opponents, Swan Hill, Deniliquin and Rochester.

The girls played some consistent basketball working well together and defending strongly down the court.

Many intercepts were gained and turnovers won with many fast breaks from our running team.

On Sunday the girls came up against some strong opposition against Mildura and Bendigo Braves.

Our girls fought hard, and gave it all they had against a strong Mildura side.

Mildura’s height was hard to match.

The pirates played a strong game and were only seven down at half time.

Mildura stepped it up in the last half to take the win.

Great game by our girls.

Bendigo Braves game was another story – hard contested basketball was played from both sides.

We had a great defence, Bendigo finding it hard to get through the zone, which made the Braves shoot from the three point arc.

And their girls just don’t miss.

We missed some opportunities on the score board as our shots weren’t dropping in.

Overall it was a great effort by our girls walking away with three out of the five wins.

U18 Boys

Swan Hill Tournament was one of disappointment for the U18 Boys who went in with the determination and mindset to come away victors.

The boys faced Bendigo, Horsham, Mildura and Swan Hill over the weekend, where the team fell into the trap of playing the opposition game, rather than their own, losing to three of the four teams.

Echuca Pirates were successful against Swan Hill, where they dominated in their offence and defence game, sticking to the game plan out lined by coach Regan Smith.

Coach Smith congratulated the boys for their team work and overall focus in each game, but encouraged them to believe in themselves and their game play, to lead from the onset and have the opposition play catch up basketball.