Stephen out Weighs the competition



THE body was "bashed'' but the games still went on for former Rockhampton basketballer Stephen Weigh at the under-20 nationals in Perth last week.

Weigh was a standout at the titles, topping the points scoring after averaging 26 points a game.

He also topped the free throw percentages, hitting 88.1%. "It all went pretty well,'' he said.

The Queensland men's team missed out on the medals after a 6955 loss to Victoria in the bronze medal play-off.

Weigh was back in Canberra yesterday nursing a battle-weary body.

"I'm pretty bashed up,'' said Weigh, who also carried an ankle injury into the titles after sustaining the injury in training a week before the event.

Weigh joined Queensland's under-20 national champions last year, but his role was much different this time around.

"Last year I had a spectator's role every now and then, this year I played about 40 minutes a game.''

Once recovered Weigh will start preparing to suit up for the AIS team in the SEABL competition which starts on March 12.

He will then leave Australia in August or September to take up his basketball scholarship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

While the Queensland men's team missed out on defending their national title, the Queensland under-20 women's team provided one of the shocks of the tournament by winning the national title with a thrilling 60-58 victory over Victoria.

Another former Rockhampton player, Katrina Pearce, was a bench player for the Queenslanders.



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