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Open Basketball wins National Silver

Dec 12:  The Trinity College Open A basketball team has played a sensational week of basketball to claim silver in the Australian Schools Championships last week.

After being granted a wildcard entry from Basketball Australia, Trinity executed a near-perfect week of basketball, losing just the championship game to Marcellin College (Vic) 65-73.  It was a tense, see-sawing final, with each team going on runs and leading at various times.  Trinity were fast out of the gates, leading 10-1 but Marcellin settled with a series of three-pointers and some scrappy interior play.  The game continued to stay close in the middle stages, and the scores were tied at ¾ time.

Frantic defence from both sides made scoring hard to come by, but a couple of Trinity errors were capitalised on by Marcellin in the final minutes and they came away with a hard-fought victory.

While the disappointment of losing the final will hurt, the enormity of the feat was not lost on the team.  It was just the third national sports medal by a Trinity team in the College's history and was indicative of the hard work the team had put in for a number of years.

There were several outstanding individual performances that deserve special mention.  Brodie Nathan had an excellent tournament and finished as the competition leader in assists, but was also the team's second-leading scorer and he rebounded exceptionally well for his position.  He also record a rare triple-double in the team's blowout win against Willeton HS (WA).  Koen Sapwell was the competition's second leading scorer, made the most three-pointers and lead in 3-point percentage as well.  2016 Trinity Sports[person of the Year Brent Hank was the competition leader in blocked-shots and was one of the leading rebounders.  His defensive presence was a crucial factor in the team's success.

But by far the biggest reason for the team's fortunes was its ability to execute game plans and for each individual player to accept and excel at his role during the week.

The entire team is to be commended for its sportsmanship and professional attitude in what is without doubt the greatest achievement by a Trinity team since the Junior Girls Knockout Athletics Gold in 1999.

Tournament link:  http://websites.sportstg.com/team_info.cgi?id=25765871&c=1-8979-0-434300-0

Basketball ASC Silver 2016 - web The team:  Back row - Jye Watson (Coach), AJ Cunningham, Campbell Watts, Biar Garang, Brent Hank, Chevy Spurr, Alex Roberts.  Front Row - Hudson Walsh, Koen Sapwell (Captain), Brad Skuce, Brodie Nathan, Josh Ravesteyn

Game links:

GF v Marcellin:  https://youtu.be/yefFB6lCs60
SF v Hillcrest:  https://youtu.be/AYobnW6U0lI
Newington:  https://youtu.be/K7Lf_nDhbqE
Willeton:  https://youtu.be/7oLZkddS7dQ
Lake Ginninderra: https://youtu.be/qFldeHeNRgw

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