ONCE again there was excitement plus at the Coffs Harbour Community Indoor Stadium, as the McDonald's Friday night high school competition drew to a close for 2004.
Cheers of enthusiastic supporters could be heard far and wide, as each basketballer gave it their all to secure a team victory.
From 4:15pm on Friday, five individual Grand Finals took place.
Year 8/9 girls Division 1 competition leaders Jetty Long Eyebrows matched up to the Orara Oompa Loompas.
Previous grand final adversaries, both teams had a positive start, defensively controlling each other.
Attack was difficult in the early stages, which forced passing errors and easy steals.
Unexpected possession changes, kept both teams on the alert and within close scoring proximity.
The Oompa Loompas turned the table in the last quarter, speeding through the Jetty defence with methodical brilliance to claim victory 39 to 26.
Boys Year 8/9 yielded no mercy as the BDC Bombers took on their fellow school team, BDC Basketball Players.
From the opening tip, the Bombers racked up plenty of points.
They caught the Basketball Players napping and continued to dominate early proceedings strongly.
By half time, the Basketball Players had sprung to life and were desperate to redeem their sluggish start.
With strength and co-ordination, the Basketball Players fought back and managed to outscore the eventual game victors, BDC Bombers 53-35.
In the last quarter Division 2 Girls Year 8/9 Grand Final featured the BDC Rockmelons and the Toormina Grrrs in a low scoring game with high foul count numbers.
With a slow start, the game soon wound up to a frantic tempo.
Fast feet and quick fingers were the answer for every loose ball, rebound and put-back.
As BDC's five players showed strength of commitment, Toormina had depth and found their second wind in fast catch-up basketball, to blaze their way to triumph 22-19.
Congratulations to Ian Campbell, Dylan Rands and Jan Martin, the McDonalds High School and Primary School competition/referee supervisors, for their time, efforts and organisational abilities, to keep this competition flowing smoothly for the enjoyment of players.