Coe and Indigenous team win bronze

HE'S lit up the floorboards of Sportz Central this year for the Coffs Harbour Suns in the State League's Northern Division and now shooting guard Thomas Coe has proven that he can play at an international level as well.

Representing an Australian Indigenous Invitational team at the recent Arafura Games, Coe and his teammates returned home with a bronze medal around their necks.

The annual competition in Darwin fielded high class basketball teams not only from Australia and America, but all across the Pan Pacific, Asia and even India.

The Indigenous team that Coe was a part of had hopes of grabbing the gold but that dream was dashed during the semi-final stage when they fell to the Northern Territory.

The eventual winners were a team from the United States.

"They were a Division 2 college team and we only lost to them by 14 points when everyone else was losing to them by about 20 or 30 points," the 26-year-old said.

"They were good but I reckon we could've beaten them. Our point guard played for the Cairns Taipans and he didn't shoot that well in that game."

Coe added that the team might have performed even better during the tournament if it wasn't for the withdrawal of the team's two tallest players just before the Games began.

"One was in America and one was in an NBL training camp and they couldn't get out of it," he explained.

"We suddenly had to change to a full court press because we were missing our tall guys.

"We were running and working hard all the time. We stuck with the Americans for the first half. Maybe next year we'll get them."

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