The 52nd Annual Ballarat Senior Basketball Tournament wrapped up on Monday after nearly 200 games were played by the 70 teams this weekend.  Many of the games and all of the finals were played at the Ballarat Sports Events Centre giving the large number of visitors to Ballarat their first glimpse of this magnificent new stadium.

At the pointy end of the tournament the teams in Premier Division and A Grade used the games as the perfect shake down for their up-coming NBL1 or Big V competitions, whilst in the other divisions, the joy of sport was mixed with a social weekend away enjoying much of what Ballarat can offer over the Begonia weekend.

All teams were very complimentary of BSEC and many indicated they would be back in 2021 and be encouraging other teams to make Ballarat a destination for great basketball.

Some local teams did well with Kings winning B Men and Foxes Social Women together with the Miners in Premier Division.  The Miners went throughout the weekend undefeated and coach Brendan Joyce commented that he valued the time to see all his players getting good minutes, however an injury to Dan Joyce will put a little dampener on the win.

Newcomers to the tournament Vic Maccabi upset crowd favourites Bashed Crabs to take out the Masters division and Melbourne Uni proved too strong to comfortably account for Wallan in the Women’s A Grade.

In C Men it was a last second basket to Hoof Hearted that saw them snatch the game from Jiblets and in the other C Mens Division Clippers and Scorpions had a game long battle before Clippers edged ahead.

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RESULTS

Premier Men

Ballarat Hotondo Miners    75   d    Keysborough  53

Melton   55  d   Eltham  49  (Third place)

A Men

½ Price Wings Ribs and Pints   54  d       Money in the Bank  40

A Women

Melbourne Uni    56   d    Wallan Panthers    23

B Men

Kings  42   d   Spaces   38

C Women

PLH   46   d   Bulls   31

C Men

Hoof Hearted   53  d   Jiblets  52

C Men Sovereign

Clippers   47   d  Scorpions   42

Social Women

Foxes   45   d     Hornets  27

Social Men

Hoops I did it again    56 d  Kings   45

Masters Men

Vic Maccabi    43   d    Bashed Crabs    24