The McCarthy Catholic College Rockets met the Calrossy Anglican School Lions on the show court at the Sports Dome on Wednesday night in the secondary schools competition.
Calrossy raced to an early lead, but McCarthy did not make it easy on them with the Lions having to work for their points.
The Calrossy team were able to make intercept after intercept and they rarely missed the hoop when they were given the opportunity.
Both teams kept themselves on high alert and took advantage of any opportunity that arose.
This was quite a feat as the play was hard and fast from both sides.
One other similarity between the two was the teamwork displayed, fantastic to see the young men putting the team before their individual performances.
An example of this was the play between the Lion’s No 5 Harrison Hottes, No 12 Sean Lewis, No 7 Thomas Purkiss and No 40 Harry Tufrey.
The boys kept the ball moving and away from the Rockets before the shot was taken. At the half time siren, the score was 22-6 Calrossy’s way.
No 43 Benjamin Wise started the second half working hard from one end of the court to the other to convert the effort into points.
The points were barely dry when he put another two on the board. No 12 Sean Lewis copied Wise’s play by powering down the court to score.
McCarthy’s No 9 Brock Sampson was able to kick start his team’s scoring by putting their first two on the board in this half.
No 8 Liam Thompson made a basket shortly after that nine out of ten times would not have gone in, but it did.
To balance the scales, he followed with an attempt that nine out of ten times would have made it, but it didn’t.
There was a huge reaction from McCarthy teammates and the crowd when No 5 Ethan Waters was successful with his foul shot.
This reaction was repeated when No 12 Peter Ridgway finished the game spectacularly with a three pointer.
The final score was Calrossy 38 to McCarthy’s 16.
The Division 2 Junior Representatives are heading off to Coffs Harbour this weekend for their first away weekend.
The previous away weekend was cancelled due to the flooding in Lismore, and the young ladies and gents are raring to go and we wish them all the best.
Tamworth Sports Dome will again host another double header this Saturday.
The State League Teams both face off with Coffs Harbour starting with the women at 4pm followed by the men at 6pm.
It will be another great event with the rivalry between the two clubs now legendary.
Go the Bolts!