Infernos prevail in thrilling top boys’ decider, Cougars add another women’s B-grade premiership

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Year 11/12 boys premiers Infernos.
Camera IconYear 11/12 boys premiers Infernos. Credit: Laurie Benson

Infernos completed a perfect finals series to win the Albany Basketball Association Year 11-12 boys’ division-one grand final in a thriller on Friday night.

After finishing the season in fourth place and then winning their elimination final and preliminary final, Infernos faced Sonics — who had only lost one game during the season — in the decider.

Infernos trailed at half-time but dug deep in the second half to run out 74-73 victors.

Infernos’ Yero Elliott topples over Sonics’ David Arthur.
Camera IconInfernos’ Yero Elliott topples over Sonics’ David Arthur. Credit: Laurie Benson

With two minutes left in the contest, Infernos led by two points before Sonics’ Drew Willcocks knocked down one free throw.

Jordi O’Neill responded to push the lead out to three but David Arthur got an immediate response and with 30 seconds left, Xavier Brenton-Reed put Sonics in front.

Sonics' Liam Murdock gets around Infernos' Austin Beeck.
Camera IconSonics' Liam Murdock gets around Infernos' Austin Beeck. Credit: Laurie Benson

But Yero Elliott came up big and knocked down a basket as Infernos went back up by one with 20 seconds left before Arthur missed two free attempts in the dying stages, Infernos clinging on by one point.

Infernos’ O’Neill was the most valuable player with 22 points.

Infernos' players celebrate their grand final victory over Sonics.
Camera IconInfernos' players celebrate their grand final victory over Sonics. Credit: Laurie Benson

Cougars capped off a superb season in women’s B-grade division one with a fourth-straight premiership, beating Sonics, 30-15.

Lakers finished comprehensive 50-15 winners over Railways Tigers in the women’s B-grade division-two grand final while Mixtures were too good for Sting-rays, running out five-point winners in the women’s vets decider.

Young Bloods held off a determined Falcons side to prevail by six points in the men’s B-grade division-one decider.

Cougars' Sonia Pascoe and Sonics' Kaysha Gardner contest the ball.
Camera IconCougars' Sonia Pascoe and Sonics' Kaysha Gardner contest the ball. Credit: Laurie Benson

Mummery Men won the men’s B-grade division-two grand final and Kinjarling claimed the division-three decider over Wolverines.

Wannabees were the men’s vets premiers.

Cougars' Katie Woodhams puts up a shot.
Camera IconCougars' Katie Woodhams puts up a shot. Credit: Laurie Benson

Sonics proved too strong for Comets to claim the Year 11-12 girls’ division-one premiership, 46-35, and Dunkin Donuts caused an upset in the Year 11-12 division-two competition, coming from fourth to secure the premiership.

The Bin Chickens won the Year 11-12 boys’ division-two grand final.

Sonics' Nakeesha Miniter gets around Cougars' Stacey Wishart.
Camera IconSonics' Nakeesha Miniter gets around Cougars' Stacey Wishart. Credit: Laurie Benson

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