Basketball Grand Final a thrilling watch

About 500 spectators poured into the Esperance Indoor Sports Stadium to watch teams battle it out in the 2019 Esperance Senior Basketball Association's Grand Finals.

The event kicked off with the Women's B Grade game, with United Black defeating United Green 52 to14 and Dee Bennier taking out best player.

The second game of the night was the Women's A Reserves, where Deadly Diamonds defeated Slammers by 17 points.

Natalie Reynolds was named best player on the court for the game.

The Men's A Reserve competition saw United Black beat Redbacks 41 to 29, with Dave MacKenzie named best on ground.

The result meant United Black went throughout the season undefeated.

The Women's A Grade grand final was a nail-biter from start to finish, with United Green defeating United Black 38-34.

The game was a close battle throughout the night, with just 2 points between them in the last few seconds of the game.

Best on ground was Janet Hauiti.

The Men's A Grade was the final game of the night and saw Red Cans beat United 46-35.

Best on court went to Red Cans player Brendan White.

Esperance Basketball Association president Matthew Thornton said the finals were a fantastic end to another great season of basketball.

"We held our five senior grand finals on Saturday night in front of a rather large crowd, which was fantastic," he said.

"The grandstand was full - I'd say we had around 400-500 spectators throughout the night and roughly the same as last year.

"Overall, the season was a great success and we had 26 teams and more than 180 players throughout the competition - which is a huge number.

"Our junior competition was great, too, and we had record numbers for participation.

"The Women's A Grade game was absolutely fantastic - probably the game of the night.

"I was coaching United Blacks and that game was quite stressful but, unfortunately, we didn't get the win.

"The girls played very well.

"United Black finished on top for the Women's A Grade but unfortunately lost that grand final game, and that was the same for Men's United team."

Mr Thornton extended thanks to all those who had helped ensure the season was a great success.

"I'm very proud of the committee, the umpires, volunteers, players and supporters that come in week in, week out - we can't thank you enough.

"It wouldn't be possible without you."

Esperance Basketball Association results 2018/19:

Women's B Grade:

Runner Up: Renae Major   MVP: Kelly Chapman

Women's A Reserve:

Runner Up: Jasmine Bonney   MVP: Kiara Mickel

Men's A Reserve:

Runner Up: Rhys Campbell   MVP: Corey Johnson

Women's A Grade (donated by South East Petroleum)

Runner Up: Kodey Major   MVP: Taya Neill

Men's A Grade:

Runner Up: Ryan Neill    MVP: Brendan White

The highest goal scores for the Women's A Grade competition was Taya Neill on 232 points.

Brendan White won the Men's A Grade with 280 points, beating Ryan Neill by just two points.