Suns shine at Terrigal
FIVE Coffs Harbour Suns representative teams travelled south for a big weekend for junior basketball at the Bridgecoast Sports Stadium, Terrigal.
Teams from Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Sutherland, Hills, Illawarra, Maitland, Hornsby, North Sydney, Sydney Comets, Shoalhaven, Penrith and Gosford participated in the 2005 Good Gear Coastal Classic.
With only a couple of weeks before the start of their representative seasons, players put on some impressive displays of competitive basketball. In their first game against the tournament favourites, Sydney Comets, the Under 14 girls battled hard.
Their first game was against the tournament favourites and body weight, Sydney Comets.
The Suns were not overwhelmed, but lacking the confidence, battled hard with the primed metro players.
Hornsby Spiders took revenge for last year in their next game, but coach Haddon admitted he was keeping a few tricks up his sleeve to NJL.
Sunday saw a good win under their belts against the Newcastle Hunters, which skyrocketed them into the semi final with the Illawarra Hawks.
The Hawks were unrelenting and strong. Although a loss for the Suns, it gave them insight to the coming season and the need for a reasonable offence.
The Under 14 men started the game against North Sydney, with little desire in defence and quiet in offence.
The Bears came from all angles and shot well on the perimeter.
After the settling period, the Suns displayed some patches of good teamwork, but were disabled by the shut-down of their fast break.
Gosford Rebels used the zone press to upset the Suns next and it was a struggle to get the ball up the court.
It took stamina and grit as the Suns dug deep and started to chip away at the score line.
Every player really wanted this game which made it a very exciting win.
Confidence finally reigned as they Suns totalled Maitland Mustangs off the court.
Contention with Sydney Comets was very aggressive and offensively, the Comets had a more structured team, shooting well from outside.
Hassle and rebound took the Suns ti sin a very hard-fought game, to place them into the semi finals against the alight Illawarra Hawks.
Illawarra played a very aggressive full court press, with a very controlled motion offence.
It was to be a North Sydney Bears and Illawarra Grand Final.
Coffs are proud of these boys, it was a great beginning to the season.
They never gave up, they showed great sportsmanship in defeat and in winning, and most importantly, were always supportive to each other.