It was promised to be spectacular and spectacular it was.
Sweat, blood and cheers were aplenty at the Mudgee's Men's Basketball A and B grade grand finals on Monday night (Nov 22) with each game coming down to the wire.
First to take to the court was Levens Smash Repairs and Edmunds Interiors who dueled it out for the B grade title, and with Edmunds at full-strength, their opponents dug deep to keep them at bay, only losing out by six points - 43-37.
"We expected to have it a little bit easier than that but credit to them and our boys too. There were a lot of silly turnovers and fouls but we got there in the end," Edmunds Interiors captain, Ben Edmunds said.
"It was pretty great all the way through, we got up, we got down, but all in all it was a good game, it makes me proud that we came so close," Levens Smash Repairs captain, Adrian Millsom said.
"We're going to go for A grade next year, we'll be up there."
Top scorers for Edmunds Interiors were Ben Edmunds with 19 followed by Blake Joseph with 13. As for Levens Smash Repairs, top scorers were Don Var Araneta with 11 and Adrian Millsom with 9.
The A grade grand final followed suit to game one, with defending premiers, Just Brick It and Mayso's Pro Shop neck and neck all the way to the full-time buzzer, both struggling to breakaway and gain a lead greater than a couple of points.
Every quarter break proved invaluable to both, especially Just Brick It who were without subs, but the title holders couldn't hang on, losing out to Mayso's Pro Shop by one point, 45-44.
"It was a great game, I would say we were both the standout teams throughout the year, we played really well all season," Just Brick It captain, Adam Coughlan said.
"Mayso's were great, they just got one up on us tonight, literally.
"We lost a game we could've won so it's definitely going to make us fire up for next year."
Mayso's Pro Shop captain, Peter Mayson commended the efforts of his opponents, suggesting a win in his favour the result of two star Just Brick It players missing from the line up.
"Oh, what a game, it was terrific. They deserved to win again this year but unfortunately a couple of their boys couldn't play so we probably benefited from that," he said.
"We're pretty much evenly matched in most areas, someone gets hot with the shooting and a couple of young blokes really got going tonight.
"We couldn't catch them in the fourth quarter so we were a bit lucky, but we're happy with the outcome, it was a good competition and that's the main thing."
Top scorers for Mayso's Pro Shop were Adam Keightley with 17 followed by Peter Mayson with 16. As for Just Brick it, top scores were Kieran Osborn and Ethan Millsom with 14 each.
Blowes Most Valuable Player (MVP) in A grade was Peter Mayson (Mayso's Pro Shop), while the MVP in B grade was Blake Joseph (Edmunds Interiors).
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