Successful 11th ABA Weekend
Last weekend Millicent Basketball hosted another very successful event, full of action with the 11th annual ABA Basketball Challenge being held in the Millicent Stadium.
Geelong Supercats, Mt Gambier Pioneers and Forestville shared the honors over the weekend all recording 2 wins each and the unlucky Centrals ended the weekend winless. The event over the weekend was a great opportunity for the competing teams to play 3 tough games early in their preparation for their upcoming season’s. Despite teams not being at full strength the standard of basketball was tough and fiercely contested and the people that braved the hot conditions were treated to many outstanding individual athletic displays and team performances.
To start the weekend off in front of Millicent Basketball sponsors, and a good crowd on Friday night, the 1st game was between Pioneers and Central Districts from Adelaide with the final score being 91 to 57 in favor of the Pioneers. The Pioneers showed some early form with Erik Burdon 25 and Lucas Blicavs 18 shooting the lights out but it was the work rate of the import Titus Robinson who was having a big influence on the game. Centrals just didn’t have any answers but import Kyle Miller worked tirelessly to keep his team organized.
Game 2: Forestville 87 defeated Geelong 71, Forestville jumped out of the blocks early to surprise Geelong with their run and a high percentage shooting and this worked for them as they up by 20 points at the half time break. Brad Haydon, Adam Doyle and Trent Fildes were doing the damage on the score board for Forestville while Geelong didn’t have any one in double figures. After the break Geelong did recover a little and got back to be within 7 points by the end of the third quarter with some good strong work from Seb Loader and Theron Wilson. This didn’t last though as Forestville’s Brad Haydon had a 12 point last quarter and his team outscored Geelong 29 to 20.
Game 3 on Saturday evening in the heat was another good game between Geelong and Centrals despite the score line. After the result of the Friday night game Geelong came out fired up and never allowed Centrals to gain any ascendency. Central however stayed in the game but were just unable to finish off, struggling to get the ball in the net. Geelong finished off the game winning 71 to 41.
Game 4, between Pioneers and Forestville who had a great 1st half winning both quarters and were 9 points in front at the main break and looking good. But the second half was dominated by Erik Burdon scoring 21 second half points and game score of 32 points not missing from the charity stripe scoring 11 points from there. Forestville seemed to be suffering from the tough game the night before and there shooting percentage dropped off and the Pioneers won the 3rd quarter by 18 points and the last by 10 to win the game 87 to Forestville 68.
Game 5 on Sunday Forestville and Centrals did battle and this was a cracker of a game with nothing between the teams but Forestville just gained the upper hand in the dying stages, winning by 3 points. The feature of the game was a high scoring and intense defence with both teams getting up the floor to add plenty of pressure. Centrals were after their first win and Forestville were not going to surrender to their cross town rivals in Adelaide. The final score was Forestville 84 to Centrals 81
Game 6 was Geelong against Pioneers and with Pioneers being down in numbers due to player commitments in CBL they showed a real commitment to win the game. Titus Robinson, Erik Burdon and Lucas Blicavs were doing the job scoring which gave them a 6 point lead at the end of the first. Geelong responded in the second and third to bridge the deposit to be even at the end of the 3rd quarter. The last quarter was a war of attrition as both teams were feeling the effects of the heat and the teams were trading baskets. It was obvious the result of this game was going to be won by the team that was lucky enough to find themselves in front when the bell sounded. Geelong won by 4 points 81 to 77.