The Great Southern Amateur Basketball Association has a great reputation for the competition it oversees and on Friday nights from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, youngsters can now be coached by the best. Former NBA and NBL star Luke Schenscher conducts coaching at the Victor Harbor Recreation Centre.
Luke’s parents live at Inman Valley and he grew up in Willunga and as a teacher had a placement at Investigator College in Victor Harbor.
“The first hour 4.30pm to 5.30pm is for youngsters under 8 to under 12 and the next hour 5.30pm to 6.30pm is for players from under 14 to under 18,” Luke said.
Meanwhile the Winter basketball season continues and in Men’s division 1, Wildcats 55 defeated Saints 48.
Wildcats were out of the blocks quickly and shot better from the perimeter in the first term and held an 8-point lead over Saints at quarter time. The second and third terms were low scoring affairs and at the Wildcats led by 11 points. Saints won the last term, but came up short by 7 points.
Wildcats Matt Stock was in good touch from the outset and he racked up a game-high 23 points. Daniel Stock played an important role from the point and finished with 15 points. Saints Ben Basham was their best top scoring with 22 points.
In the other Men’s game Pistons 51 defeated Magic 46. Pistons had a good spread of scorers playing a strong team game. Matt Bennett and Zac Bazzacco both top scored with 14 points each. Magic’s Nick Whiterod played well, hitting good jump shots in his game-high 18 points. Brock Knott collected many boards and posted 13 points.
In Women’s division 1 Magic 51 defeated Wildcats 39. An upset look on the cards as Wildcats had played very well to lead by 3 points at the last change. Magic rallied in the final term and split the game open with a 23 point to 8 final quarter and so ran out 12-point winners.
Magic’s Madi Round played an excellent match racking up a game-high points. Kaya Angus provided strong support posting 11 points. Shenae Williams posted 7 points.
Wildcats Kate Reynolds played a positive game and was strong inside the paint and she top scored with 18 points. Chelsea Walker played effectively and posted 10 points.
In the other game Saints 64 defeated Lakers 36. The first term saw Saints lead 10 points to 6 over Lakers and the scores were 24 points to 17 at half-time. Saints finished strongly in the second half posting 41 points to 19 and ran out 28-point winners.
Saints played a good team game with Hannah Stewart leading the scoring with 18 points. Lucy Earl (15 points), Bronnie Nicholls (14 points) and Zoey Wade (11 points) all were threats in offence.
Lakers were best served Kristy Grant and Courtney Barry who both played their roles well and top scored with 12 points each.