THE future of basketball on the South Coast appears in safe hands, after their under 12 boys team's undefeated run to the title at the recent PSSA championships.
Held at the Maitland Federation Basketball Stadium, the Diane Hosking (Lindsay Park Public School) coached South Coast side opened their three-day tournament with a 42-30 win against Riverina before backing it up with a tough 37-29 win against Sydney East.
Their perfect opening day was capped off by a thrilling one-point win against Mackillop 54-53.
Hosking's side, which featured Joshua Dennis (Goulburn PS), Tyler Stonham (Queanbeyan PS), Brody McPhee (Woonona East PS), Ben Hogan (Bowral PS), Ogor Basrak (Primbee PS), Olivier Dyason (Broulee PS), Riley Broadhead (Thirroul PS), Ari Chadwick (Mt St Thomas PS), Joshua Chadwick (Mt St Thomas PS) and Jonah Flynn (Dapto PS), continued their winning ways on day two, defeating Sydney West 54-37, North West 78-21 and Barrier 54-17.
These six wins booked South Coast a semi-final spot against Sydney North, which they easily won 52-26.
In the final, South Coast ground out a solid 47-42 win against Combined Independent Schools, to take out the title for the first time since 2010.
Following the final, the NSW PSSA boys state team was announced, which will be coached by Tony Hill and managed by Shoalhaven product James Dean.
South Coast duo McPhee and Dyason were named in the 10-person squad alongside Mackillop's Toby Roper-Marshall and Zach Graham, CIS' Harry Kyle and Roman Stathis, Polding's Charlie Wahle and Jai Simcoe, Sydney North's Jesse Maierand Hunter's Henry Wawszkowicz - which will compete at the PSSA national championships at Bendigo from August 10-16.