ULVERSTONE has continued its reign as the most successful NWBU men’s basketball, scoring an emphatic 14th title with a 93-63 win over Burnie in last night’s grand final.
The victorious Ulverstone men’s team celebrate their win over Burnie. Picture: Stuart Wilson.
Before a capacity crowd at the Schweppes Arena, the Hoppers experience told out as they proved far too polished for the young Tigers outfit after quarter-time, outscoring them 68-39.
While a high-calibre defensive effort helped restrict Burnie’s offensive flow, it was the scoring power of import BJ Jenkins that provided the fuel for the win, with the guard pouring in an impressive 32 points.
After an even first quarter, Ulverstone got on top in the latter stages of the second term, going on a 10-2 run and going into half-time with a 47-34 lead, with Jenkins already on 23 points.
A 17-4 run in the third quarter all but sealed the win, with Jenkins blotting his copybook after an altercation with Burnie’s Sam Johnstone, which led to him being restrained by his teammates.
The final quarter did little more than delay the inevitable, leaving coach Ben Keeley celebrating a premiership in his rookie year.
“I must admit, it feels pretty good,” Keeley said after the match.
“Our defence was incredible on the night, and when we play like that we are unstoppable.
Jenkins received good support from veteran Matthew Parker and young gun Lachlan Barker with 20 points each, while for the Tigers Gabe Hadley top-scored with 14 points, while Joe Chilcott added 12.
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