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Maccabi Youth League Warriors Win Preseason Grand Final

Posted: 16-Mar-2017 by Basketball


The labour day weekend each year sees Big V teams  final preparation for the season ahead by competing in the Pre Season tournament. The Youth league team in its 3rd season of the Big V competition has not boasted many wins in the tournament in previous seasons and coach Al Westover viewed the tournament as an opportunity for all his players (both regular 2016 big V players, new players & younger development players) to experience playing against other teams within the division.

Saturday’s first game in the morning saw the Warriors go down to Melton by 8points to then return in the afternoon to play Chelsea and record the Warriors first win of the tournament by 20 points.

The third game on Sunday (& what we believed would be our last) saw the Warriors suit up the against a strong team in the Pakenham Warriors. The game against Pakenham displayed some excellent rebounding and defensive plays with neither team being able to take control of the game on the scoreboard.  Some of the 2016 YL players stood up resulting in  some excellent execution of team plays and the Warriors taking a 4 point win over Pakenham ensuring they would be in their first ever Grand final, to play Mentone who had beaten them by 8 points  just 24 hours earlier.

In the Grand final game - the Warriors took control of the game early with a 19 -10 lead at half time. Mentone were not to be denied and in the 3rd term  outscored Maccabi and the lead narrowed to 4 points.

The stage was set for a nail biting finish & it didnt disappoint - from the four minute mark of the final quarter the scores were level and stayed that way until Ben Grosman hit a 2 pointer to put the Warriors ahead with less than two minutes on the clock. With both teams in foul trouble  the on again off again time clock saw  Jack Pinkus with 1.8 seconds go to the line and hit one shot to take the warriors to a 3 point lead and thus take the Win in truly a team effort with all players impacting the scoreboard (Shamis 9, DeBortoli 5, Pinkus 4, Tenenberg 4,Grosman 4, Pamamull 4, Sharp 2 Rosham 2).

Idan Shamis finished the tournament with 48 points being the highest scorer for the division in the tournament.

Al Westover was proud of his players endeavour “ the boys played with great grit and determination, and had the confidence to make big plays at crucial times of the game.” 

The Maccabi Big V Warriors(Snrs/ Youth league) have not experienced success of this nature  in over 10 years. The Youth League warriors participating in only their third PS tournament are a wonderful example & testament to hard work, commitment, &  team values. These young men are part of an exciting generation of Warriors and exude excitement and hope for  a bright future for the Big V Warriors

The Warriors Big V season commences this weekend as they venture to  Warnambool then back to Bialik for the first home game on Sunday 26 March for a 2pm tip off

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