THE u16 Shoalhaven Tigers men, like the u12 men, did not have to travel far for round two of the Waratah Southern Junior League competition, playing at home in the Shoalhaven’s Tigers Den.
Shoalhaven went into this round with confidence knowing that not only did they have their parents’ support, but the support of the greater Shoalhaven with families and friends able to attend.
Game one was a tough affair coming up against a tall and fast Goulburn Bears outfit.
The Tigers have struggled with height this year and this was clearly evident with the Goulburn boys dominating the boards at both ends of the court. Unfortunately Goulburn were just too strong, taking the game from the Tigers 53-36.
Game two on Saturday afternoon saw Shoalhaven up against Moss Vale, a team they had beaten in round one.
Both teams came out determined to win this weekend and played some intense basketball, which was watched by an ever-growing crowd.
With one minute to go, the boys were down by six points, pulling that back to within two due to some great offensive and defensive work.
Unfortunately some great defensive work by the Moss Vale big and some high pressure mistakes by the Tigers men allowed the Moss Vale Magic to win in what would have been the game of the round by three points, 58-53.
Game three for the Tigers saw them playing Sunday afternoon.
After a good rest the boys came out firing against Wagga Wagga Heat, with Wagga taking a two-point lead into half-time.
Again with points on the line the boys dug deep but with the pressure from Wagga Wagga and again lacking size against the Heat boys who started to dominate the boards, the visiting team overpowered the Shoalhaven Tigers to win by 10 points, with the Tigers going down 41-31.
This weekend saw some great basketball from all the boys as they continue to gel and grow as a team.
The Tigers will travel to Newcastle for The Country Tournament being held over the June long weekend.