After a month of competition, the State Basketball Championships have come to an end, with Mid West falling just short of a finals berth. The Geraldton under-15 and 19 boys’ sides were back in Perth on the weekend as the tournament wrapped up with the top sides from each age going against each other. The under-15s side that made it all the way to the division-two grand final, but fell to Australind in the big game, were back again for the final weekend. In their redemption series, the Mid West boys started out with strong back-to-back wins, starting with their match against the Perry Lakes Hawks on Saturday, which they won 31-19 with Max De San Miguel scoring 17 points. They followed it up with a 41-22 win over the Rockingham Flames. Riley Fong stepped up in the win with 18 points. After their strong start, the Mid West side dropped a game in their final Saturday game 42-27 to the Cockburn Cougars, who would go on to win the tournament. As they went into Sunday, Mid West had two games left to play, needing to win to make finals, and started well with a 29-21 win over the Eastern Suns. In the final pools match, Mid West were up against the East Perth Eagles and got off to a 6-0 start, holding the lead throughout the first half of the game. East Perth started coming back in the second half and the Buccaneers side kept them at arms-length until the final few minutes, when East Perth tied the game 36-36 and the Mid West couldn’t get a score up with the game ending 44-36 in the Eagles favour. Only the top two teams go on to play finals and the two losses put the Mid West side at third on the ladder in their pool, just missing out. The other Mid West side was the under-19 boys, which was filled with local talent including NBL1 West players Harry Evans and Bob Griechen. Their first match was a close one against Rockingham, where Mid West held on to a late lead to win 53-49. Round two had the Mid West side against East Perth, ending in a 40-40 draw. Griechen accounted for more than half the side’s score with 25 points. In the night game, the Buccs side lowered their colours to Perry Lakes, falling 42-30. Things would turn around for the Mid West, as they won their next three matches and finished with a record of 4-1-1, but it wasn’t enough as they finished third on the ladder as well, missing out on finals. Out of the entire division, Griechen finished second in scoring as he averaged 14 points a game, while teammates Campbell Surtees and Llewyn Valli also ended in the top 14 for scoring.