Rochester Tigers roar at Echuca Basketball Tournament

By Brayden May

ROCHESTER'S junior basketball teams have shown there is plenty of talent at the Tigers after strong performances at the Echuca Basketball Tournament.

Held across the AFL grand final long weekend, teams from under 12 to 18s competed against teams from across the state in the three-day competition.

The boys under 16 team was the club's strongest performing side after winning division two with a 55-35 win over Shepparton in the grand final.

Meanwhile, the under 16 division two girls fell just short of their own trophy after going down 23-8 in the grand final against Myrtleford.

Under 12 boys

The Tigers started strongly with two straight wins against Wodonga and Wangaratta but soon found their backs up against the wall in a big loss to Craigeburn.

Their performances in the pool games, earned them a match up with Benalla Breakers in a consolation final which they won by one-point.

Cale James was dominant throughout the tournament with a team high 34 points.

Under 14 boys

It proved to be a tournament of several lessons for the young Tigers after splitting their record at two wins and two losses.

They got the better of Benalla and the YM Lakers before suffering losses against Shepparton and Wodonga.

Jordy Rasmussen was the team's top scorer with 34.

Under 14 girls

The Tigers saved their best for last after losing their opening two matches against Wangaratta and Mansfield.

In their third game, they secured a draw with Wodonga after coming down from seven late in the game before beating Echuca by one-point in their final game.

Matisse Martin was the top scorer throughout the four games with 16.

Under 16 boys

There was no stopping the Tigers in division two as they stormed through their five team with a record of three wins and one loss.

Big wins over Cobram, Echuca and Wangaratta plus a draw with Myrtleford were enough to earn them a place in the grand final against Shepparton.

The Gators proved to be no match as the Tigers ran out 20-point winners.

Charlie Palmer was a strong performer all weekend.

Under 16 girls

Wins over Benalla, Shepparton and Wangaratta saw the Tigers cruise through to the grand final with their perfect record still in shape.

Unfortunately, Myrtleford's talent proved to be a step too far as they fell by 12 points.

Finnella O'Brien was one of the team's most consistent performances across all four games.

Under 18 boys

The Tigers were slow to get out of the blocks with two straight losses against Wangaratta and Myrtleford but once they found their feet they were difficult to stop.

They edged out Wodonga by one-point in their third game before brushing aside Mansfield by 18 points in their final game.

Daniel Barkby was the top scorer with 34 points.

Under 18 girls

Following a first game bye, the Tigers found themselves on the back foot early with two straight losses to start their tournament.

They found their feet to defeat Mansfield by three, before closing out the tournament with a loss against Wodonga.

Tegan Williams was top scorer with 21 points.