The Mudgee men's basketball competition resumed on Monday, October 25, and while the player's efforts were enthusiastic and committed, the long layoff, due to the COVID lockdown, with nowhere to practice, highlighted a lack of fitness and skills covered in rust.
For all teams, the substitution bench lacked the numbers they would have liked to lighten the load, as legs became heavy, and fast breaks could hardly be called fast.
Rebounders, at times, appeared to be nailed to the floor, especially at the back end of the game, and, at times were numerous attempts to score before the ball found the bottom of the net.
With one round to play, Just Brick It, with only four players, sealed the A grade minor premiership with a 76-43 victory over Levens Smash Repairs, who are heading to the B grade play offs to defend last year's title.
Kieran Osborn top scored for Just Brick It with 30 points, Adam Coughlan 17. For Levens, Ben Thompson 16, Lachlan Burke 11, Andrew Foley 10.
The game between Stride Health and Mayso's Pro Shop decided second place, Mayso's taking the honours in a hard fought match 48-4, Stride Health slipping from equal first to third and easing in the market for a grand final spot.
Mayso's top scorer was the sponsor himself Peter Mayson, with 20 points, Brett Murphy 10. Liam Young hit 16 and Jim Disher 13 for Stride Health.
Edmunds Interiors, perennial A grade grand finalists, struggling all season to string wins together, welcomed back Ben Edmunds, who has been out injured for most of the competition, but still found Hairy Ballers a hard nut to crack.
Edmunds eventually overcame their opponents stern resistance in the second half to take the match 40-21.
For Edmunds Interiors, Ben Edmunds 14 points, Anthony Hamson 14. Hairy Ballers top scorer was the effervescent Matt Eyles with 10 points Martin Howes 9.
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