The future of basketball in the Illawarra appears to be in good hands after the South Coast boys primary school basketball team took out the NSW PSSA State Championships last week.
The boys went undefeated at the three-day competition in Maitland, winning their six pool games before claiming a dominant 52-26 victory over Sydney North in the semi-final and prevailing over CIS 47-42 in the final.
Coach Diane Hosking said the victory was the result of the effort the boys put in on the defensive end of the court.
"Everyone was very excited," Hosking said. "We thought we had a pretty good team, but you never know until you get there. We played the first day and thought we were a chance, and just kept going.
"It was a great team effort. Defence won us all our games, our offence came from our defence. I sold it to them that if we play good defence, it will help our offence, if we stop them at the defensive end, we'll get the wins."
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Brody McPhee and Oliver Dyason were rewarded for their efforts at the championships by being named in the NSW PSSA side that will contest August's nationals.
Hosking said the two boys had outstanding tournaments, however she said the team's depth also played a significant role in their success, South Coast's first victory at the championships since 2010.
"Those two boys were excellent. It was nice to have some individual reward, but those boys were more excited about winning. It was just an added bonus for them to get into the state team.
"Overall, it was a pretty talented group, they were all very team-oriented. We had very good depth and the skill level of all the children allowed us to get the win."
Remarkably, the South Coast team only had one three-hour training session leading into the tournament, though Hosking said the boys all worked well as a team. Hosking also thanked manager Carol Duval for helping the boys throughout the week.
"Six of them were from the Illawarra, but it was nice to have boys from different districts all sticking together."
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