Mount Barker hosts inaugural Kids and Cops Basketball Tournament

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The winning Mt Barker Nets team Saxon Hill, Roddy Penny, Asadullah Ali Zada, Kyrell Williams, Alrik Bisschoff and Constable Kai Panton.
Camera IconThe winning Mt Barker Nets team Saxon Hill, Roddy Penny, Asadullah Ali Zada, Kyrell Williams, Alrik Bisschoff and Constable Kai Panton. Credit: Kelly Logan

Mt Barker police and local youth faced off last week in a new basketball competition for the region.

The inaugural 3x3 Kids and Cops Basketball Tournament brought young people to Wilson Park on December 1 to compete against local police officers.

Four teams battled it out across three rounds before facing off in the finals where the Mt Barker Nets claimed victory.

Mt Barker Nets' Kyrell Williams.
Camera IconMt Barker Nets' Kyrell Williams. Credit: Kelly Logan

Alaze Wynne was awarded best team player, Kyrell Williams most valuable player, and Ashton Bassett fairest and best, while Constable Baden McMillan took out the top cop award.

Winners’ names were added to a trophy hand-made by Sergeant David Johnson.

Shire of Plantagenet community development officer Sonja Parker thanked the community for getting behind the event.

The winning trophy.
Camera IconThe winning trophy. Credit: Kelly Logan

Mt Barker Amateur Basketball Association provided the equipment and former basketball development officer Mark Jordan ran a coaching clinic for players.

“The Kids and Cops game was a great opportunity for the kids, Mt Barker police and the Shire to get together and have a tonne of fun”, she said.

Mt Barker police Senior Constable Jeff Osborne, Constable Kai Panton, Sergeant David Johnson and Constable Baden McMillan.
Camera IconMt Barker police Senior Constable Jeff Osborne, Constable Kai Panton, Sergeant David Johnson and Constable Baden McMillan. Credit: Kelly Logan

“The police provided four talented players and the music including DJ Kristy Kempton, the Shire co-ordinated the event and served pizzas for the hungry players, and the kids bought the skills and the show.

“It was a great afternoon with sizzling three-pointers, slam dunks and the odd spill.”

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