Pumas wrap up top junior divisions in Geraldton basketball as finals approach

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Action from Dongara vs Pumas.
Camera IconAction from Dongara vs Pumas. Credit: Colin Sherman/Geraldton Guardian

Pumas continued their dominant season in Geraldton basketball, winning the minor premierships in the top junior boys’ and girls’ divisions to go with their minor flag in the men’s top flight.

A Pumas side featuring Fenix Geraldton Buccaneers Tom Dobson and Harry Evans beat Stateside 72-26 in the boys’ under-18 division one on Friday.

Chapman Valley beat Dongara 42-40 in the other game to finish second.

Dongara finished third. Pumas play Olympians on Wednesday in the semifinals and Valley play Dongara.

Pumas beat Trades 34-20 in the girls’ division one to finish ahead of their opponents on the ladder.

Chapman Valley Maroon finished third and Olympians finished fourth.

Pumas play Olympians in the semifinals on Wednesday and Trades play Valley.

Further down the age divisions, Pumas were also competitive.

Jai Keene scored an amazing 23 points for Pumas in under-12s on Saturday as they beat Dongara 68-5.

Rylan Larter scored 14 points, Kai Weston got 12 points and Saxon Browne added 10 points.

Jamison Aubrey scored four points for Dongara.

Stateside Gold played out an action-packed game against Olympians Red in the under-10 boys’ division.

In the men’s division one, third-placed Chapman Valley were due to play fourth-placed Trades in the semifinals on Monday evening.

Minor premiers Pumas were due to play second-placed Olympians on Tuesday.

In the women’s top division, third-placed Pumas and fourth-placed Chapman Valley were due to play each other in the semis on Monday.

Minor premiers Stateside were due to play second-placed Trades on Tuesday.

Slick passing and strong defence from a men’s squad featuring Evans, Dobson and several of their NBL1 West teammates helped the Pumas take out the minor premiership last Wednesday night.

They beat Olympians 102-82.

With new Buccs recruit Johny Narkle having a dominant game for Olympians, the semi on Tuesday evening should be a competitive showdown.

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