Ballers take to the Country Championship courts

The March long weekend once again saw Kangaroo Island Basketball Association (KIBA) send over junior teams to compete in the SA Country Championship.

The Under 18 Boys competed in Division 3, the Under 14 Boys in division 4 and the Under 14 Girls in division 5.

Under 18 Boys

The team was placed into division 3, it was a step up for the group but they proved they were ready for the challenge.

The team trained weekly with a focus on strength, fitness and working on offensive plays. Even running a 7am training, which the guys were thrilled about.

Each game brought a different challenge and the players did everything Coach Sam Henderson asked of them and more; competing with integrity and great sportsmanship.

"To finish fourth in division 3 is a great achievement the team can hold their heads high," Henderson said.

"The group will be better for next year having being exposed to that level of basketball.

Henderson thanked Linda Stoeckel, Sharon Gaskin and all the parents their help.

"Thank you to the team they are an outstanding bunch of young men who listened to me and put up with my bad jokes," Henderson said.

"Stick together boys bigger and better for next year."

Under 14 Boys

Emotionally and physically, the Under 14 boys gave their all over the weekend.

Despite playing in a higher division to last years competition, the boys accepted the challenge and performed six games of tight, thrilling basketball to walk away undefeated.

"If you went through the list, there wasn't a single player who didn't perform at least once," coach Jay Giameos said.

"It was an absolute privilege to coach such a determined, enthusiastic and mannerly group of boys."

Under 14 Girls

This was the first year in a while the Island had send an under 14 Girls team. With the return of a female competition on the island, seven eager players took up the challenge. They came up against some physical teams but in all games followed the game plan and this led them to the grand final. From the first to last buzzer the girls fought and ended up runners up by only one point.