Tall timber KOs GHS
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON High's run in the NSW CHS Basketball Knockout Competition was halted yesterday going down 86-58 to Sydney's Picnic Point High.
After leading twice in the opening quarter, Grafton eventually trailed 20-17 at the Grafton Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre.
However, a scrappy second quarter when Picnic Point scored 29 points to Grafton's 14, proved the turning point in the match.
"That quarter really hurt us," Grafton coach Craig Howe said.
"We never really recovered."
Missing star player and tall lad Hamish Denshire with a broken wrist also dented Grafton's ability to match it with Picnic Point's big men.
Picnic Point won the third quarter 20-18 after Grafton staged a mini-fightback, but again trailed 17-9 in the final quarter when Howe elected to send in several of his younger players for experience.
Grafton Vikings Zone and North Coast representative Thomas Ellem was best for Grafton, Howe said.
Ellem scored 15 points behind top scorer, Dylan Parbury with 16.
Parbury's 14-year-old younger brother Levi, who scored five points, did well during his time on court.
"We definitely missed Hamish (Denshire) and two of their big guys scored 28 and 29 points," Howe said.
"Due to their size it was hard to compete with rebounds. They weren't beaten on ability it was just Picnic Point had one too many big guys. It was a match up thing.
"We'll be back better next year with basically the same team."