Jaca Basketball goes 'Funky' with controversial finish

Downtown Funky Stuff centre Will Shankland pushes his way around a Bellingen Braves defender to score a lay-up in the Jacaranda Carnival A-grade final at the Grafton Indoor Sports Centre.
Downtown Funky Stuff centre Will Shankland pushes his way around a Bellingen Braves defender to score a lay-up in the Jacaranda Carnival A-grade final at the Grafton Indoor Sports Centre. Matthew Elkerton

BASKETBALL: Brisbane-based team Downtown Funky Stuff ran away with the A-grade Jacaranda Carnival crown 64-57 in overtime in what was an at-times controversial grand final battle.

An enthralling instalment of the Jacaranda Basketball Carnival weekend came down to the final four seconds of the A-grade grand final between Downtown Funky Stuff and North Coast hopefuls Run N Gun (out of the Bellingen Braves club).

With four seconds remaining on the clock and scores locked at 55-55, Downtown Funky Stuff called a timeout to give them possession up the court.

The ball was delivered to big centre Will Shankland who took two steps into the defenders before seemingly drawing a shooting foul on the siren to take the championship.

But confusion between referees with the clock run out saw the match thrown into overtime as the Brisbane-based side argued their case.

In a weekend of tight grand final contests the A-grade final did not deviate from the status quo with neither side giving up more than a five points to their opposition in the first half.

While Downtown led by three at the main break it was merely minutes before that lead was evaporated as Run N Gun showed their potency from beyond the arc.

Then enter Downtown Funky Stuff point guard Josh Walters. The Sunshine Coast-based guard found miles of room on the perimetre and continued to drop three-pointers as the side stretched to a 10-point lead halfway through the second stanza.

"This was my first Grafton tournament personally, but the boys have been here before without winning," Walters said. "It is great to come away with the tournament win after what has been a really long weekend.

"Six games in the one weekend is never easy so when it came down to the final we were all pretty spent. I was pretty happy with my shooting in the final.

"Big WS knocked down a couple of massive shots and I got a chance to chime in from the three-point zone as well. We were really off to start the weekend's action but it has all come good at the right time."

In what was a highly emotional grand final both sides finished with a man fouled out of the contest while bonus trips to the line in overtime became the deciding factor for Downtown Funky Stuff.

A full list of all JAcaranda Carnival winners will be in Tuesday's The Daily Examiner.

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