Our Under 20 Men & Women finished strongly at the Under 20 Australian Junior Championships in Gawler, South Australia over the weekend.
Our Women unfortunately couldn’t get over the line in the bronze medal decider, after just missing out by six points for the Gold Medal game. The ladies went down to Queensland 53-58.
Jasmine Hooper was the only player in double figures with 17 points and 6 rebounds. The WA team started poorly in the first quarter, quickly finding themselves down 19-4 at the first break.
A huge second period (28-7) saw the girls take the lead into the major break (32-26). WA managed to extend their lead to 8 at the last change and looked set to take out their second bronze medal in two years.
However it was not to be with Queensland coming out firing for a 20-7 last period, taking the game by just 5 points.
The Men made their way through to the play off for 5/6 positions and faced off against Tasmania. The WA side got off to a good start, leading by 5 points at the first change and 4 at the major break.
A 12-17 period from Tasmania saw them take the slightest of margins into the last break, up by just one point. The WA side finished strongly, taking the game out 65-57.
Igor Nujic was strong with 17 points and 8 rebounds, shooting 50% for the game. Nujic was supported by Josh Johnson who amassed a ‘double-double’ with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Point Guard Jarrad Jackson also chipped in with 11 points.
Basketball WA congratulates all of the athletes and staff involved with the tournament.