Following a series of close games and suprising wins, the Esperance Basketball 2018/2019 season is heating up, with finals fast approaching.
Esperance Basketball Matthew Thornton said the season was going really well so far.
“There has been a lot of surprise teams, especially in the women's competitions,” Mr Thornton said.
“It’s been a pretty close competition in the Womens A Grade.
“[As of the end of Round 12] United Black are out on front at the top of the ladder.”
Mr Thornton said the Spartans and United Green were tied on points.
“The Red Cans are down at the bottom, but they are improving each week and they are getting a lot stronger,” he said.
Mr Thornton said Taya Neill had probably been the best player for United Black and was close to leading the race for MVP.
“Michaela Florisson from the Red Cans team has been pretty solid as well as Alli McCarthur from that team,” he said.
“Jordan Major has also found her form pretty well.”
Mr Thornton said Sofie Hawke was a stand out player from the Spartans.
Turning to the mens divisions, United were on top following Round 12 and the Red Cans were really starting to find some form.
“They knocked off United a couple of weeks ago by about 30 odd points, which was one of United’s biggest losses in years,” Mr Thornton said.
“Brendon White is starting to find his form as last year’s MVP.
“Ryan Neill is playing pretty good basketball as the oldest guy in the competition.
“He’s been playing for about 20 years and it shows how strong he can be.”
Mr Thornton said Karl Gurney had been leading the Redbacks.
He said Reece Rivers and Brayden Barker had been the best players for the Spartans.
Mr Thornton said the male and female reserves and female B-Grade competitions had also been going well.
“In the Mens Reserve, United Black haven't lost a game,” he said.
United Black were on top of the ladder for Womens B Grade.
The Slammers were on top for Womens A Reserve.
“There’s been quite a few solid games and close contests,” Mr Thornton said.
“We’re starting to get some solid crowds through.
“It’s free entry to come and watch these games on a Thursday night.
“We are pretty excited the way the season is going and it’s only going to get better with the finals.”
While entry to watch the Grand Final is a gold coin donation, entry for all other finals is free.
Mr Thornton said there would be a lot of statewide representation of Esperance basketball with teams heading to Perth for a series of Country Weeks starting this weekend.
“We wish them all the best and hopefully they win a couple of country champs for us,” he said.