THE Coffs Harbour Under 14’s men’s division one side travelled to The Entrance on the weekend to participate in the 2010 Lakers Classic.
This was a great opportunity for the team to work together and iron out the bugs before the start of the NJL season and in doing so reached the grand final where they went down by just one basket to arch rivals Tamworth.
In the round games, the Suns easily disposed of the Lakers team 80-6 and Cessnock provided little resistance as the Coffs side fine tuned several drills and defeated the under-strength outfit by 98 points.
A late game on Saturday afternoon met with success against the persistent Newcastle side that lacked the height of the Suns power forwards. The fast breaking of the Suns guard ensured plenty of shooting opportunities, resulting in Coffs Harbour defeating Newcastle 62-22.
On Sunday morning Coffs played an impressive Tamworth side. Tamworth suffered early foul trouble which enabled Coffs to gain the upper hand. The game was much faster than the previous games but Coffs were well prepared defeating Tamworth 42-29. In the next game the Suns met Shoalhaven who started well against the undefeated Coffs boys but experience, speed and height proved too much for the boys from the south with Coffs taking a 48 to 29 win.
Coffs was into the final against Tamworth and gained an early lead with the forwards hitting the boards and the guards trying every trick in the book to maintain the lead.
At the last quarter the Coffs team was ahead by eight points but fatigue started to set in and Tamworth scored several quick baskets.
With only two minutes to go Tamworth levelled the score and the game went right to the wire with Tamworth defeating Coffs 43-41. The boys played very well all weekend and should feel proud of making the final. Coffs travel to Tamworth at the end of March for the opening round of the NJL. The rematch should prove equally as exciting.