Pride boys champions of season

THE champions of the first 2010 season for Warwick Basketball Association season are the boys from WC Pride.

The Pride boys were the dominant team throughout the season, and it was no different in the grand final.

It was a competitive and passionate game for the players and the flowing game style of WC Pride was too much for Castles Knights.

Stand-out player for the game was Ipswich and state representative Declan Starasts, with his defensive and rebounding skills instrumental in the Pride taking the President's Shield.

Season one saw five evenly matched teams in the A-grade men's competition. The two front-runners of the league were inevitably the two represented in the championship game.

The surprise package of the league was Outcasts, who finished in third at the end of the regulation season.

Corey McGee moulded and trained a team of younger players into a well-drilled and under-estimated team.

2009 championship team Los Carnales finished in fourth position after a season of re-building, with existing players adjusting to new additions to the team.

The fifth-placed team T Wolves, led by Alex Cutmore and Nick Donges, were instrumental in introducing basketball to a number of Redbacks AFL players, which brought a new challenge for the existing players in the league with their height and jumping ability to contend with.

Testament to the competitiveness of all the teams, two players from each team finished in the top-10 scores list. Wildcats' Kevin Globio was crowned top-scorer.

Season two for 2010 in the men's division begins tonight, with a team muster, and the regulation season begins next week.

The muster will start at 6.30pm at WIRAC, and once the teams are finalised some social games will be played.

With a mixture of existing, new and former players returning for season two, Warwick Basketball is hoping to secure six men's teams for the A-grade division.

Teams or individual players interested in playing are encouraged to attend tonight, or contact Duncan McKenzie on 0429133 766 or association president Shannon Slater on 0420888 669.

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