THE HEAT: Coach Travis Fisher with players Runako House, Matthew Maloney, Nathanial Bracmonte, Angus Orchison, Patrick Maloney and Caitlin Atkin at Hervey Bay.
THE HEAT: Coach Travis Fisher with players Runako House, Matthew Maloney, Nathanial Bracmonte, Angus Orchison, Patrick Maloney and Caitlin Atkin at Hervey Bay. Maranoa Heat

Young ballers blaze up the courts

BASKETBALL: Young ballers of the southwest have put the Maranoa back on the court after strong performances at the Hervey Bay Central Districts Championships.

Held last weekend, it was the first time the Maranoa Basketball Association had competed in the tournament.

The team of six players took on some of the best competition in the region, including Maryborough, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Gladstone and hosts Hervey Bay.

The team recorded good wins against Hervey Bay and Maryborough, was narrowly defeated by Gladstone and Bundaberg, and blown out in a tough match against powerhouse Rockhampton.

Coach Travis Fisher said the team certainly put Maranoa back on the basketball map.

"If they didn't know who we were, they do now,” he said.

"With only six players all tournament, every player showed great mental toughness throughout the five games.”

Ethan Bracmonte was the top scorer of the tournament with 23 points per game and Matt Maloney was second with 19.

MBA president Mat Gane said the club had been working for a few years to get to this level of competition.

"It's important kids get given this opportunity to better themselves and get games against quality opposition,” Gane said.

"Thanks to the parents and coach Travis for making this possible.”

Maranoa's next games are in Brisbane during the school holidays against the Rochedale Wildcats and other local teams.

The players will also watch a Queensland Basketball League match.


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