#19 WABL Finals 2011 - East Perth Eagles U15 Men Champions
The Eagles came out in the second quarter with a renewed defensive effort and shut the Tigers down and had in not been for a long three point short on the half time siren, the Eagles would have led by eight. As it was the Eagles went into the half time break 49 -44. A great defensive quarter from WABL MVP and All-Star Andre Donlagic and at the offensive end WABL U15 All-Star Shaquille Maharaj scored five points for the quarter while Mitchell Robb continued on from the first quarter.
If the second quarter was good from a defensive viewpoint then the the third quarter was tighter again.
The fourth quarter was very tight. The Tigers put on the first three points for the quarter behind some pressure defence until Nathan Sparks put in a two from outside the key way with an assist by Andre Donlagic followed by another important scoring drive to the basket by Shaun Ameduri. The game got tighter in the last couple of minutes with Tigers shaping up to take threes to bridge the gap but a monster block by Mitchell Robb and a steal by Nathan Sparks turned the momentum which saw the Co-Captain Nick Moulton steady the ship controlling the ball at the point. The quarter saw the Eagles score 7 to the Tigers 5 with a memorable win by 14 points , 80 - 64.
A great team effort by the Eagles with notable performances:
Shaun Ameduri (19 pts, 2 steals and 3 assists)
Mitchell Robb (16 pts, 16 rebounds)
Andre Donlagic (13 pts, 6 assists, 8 rebounds)
Shaquille Maharaj (11 pts)
Issac Petruzio (10 pts with 7 from 7 at the free throw line)
Coach Adam Forde said "It was an amazing and rewarding season. We have had our run with illness, injuries, and other obstacles but the will-power and togetherness of the team was unshakeable."
Congratulations to Jim Purcell and the team on a great effort for the season and coming from fourth in the Northern Conference to play in the Grand Final and get so close. We congratulate both teams on their efforts during the finals culminating in two great games in the Grand Finals. To the Under 15 Men WABL Champions congratulations.
We look forward to next season.