STERLING EFFORT: The Rockhampton under-12 boys’ basketball team (from left) Jack Tweedy, Charlie McDonald, Ben Tweedy, Mitchell Kuhl, Lleyton Muggeridge, Caiden Labone, Nicholas Houston, Zeb Whatmore, Jack Grayson and Lawson Britos, with assistant coach Malochi McPhail and head coach Paul Christensen.
STERLING EFFORT: The Rockhampton under-12 boys’ basketball team (from left) Jack Tweedy, Charlie McDonald, Ben Tweedy, Mitchell Kuhl, Lleyton Muggeridge, Caiden Labone, Nicholas Houston, Zeb Whatmore, Jack Grayson and Lawson Britos, with assistant coach Malochi McPhail and head coach Paul Christensen. Contributed

Coach praises boys’ teamwork as they come home with silver

MATT Neason says Rockhampton's silver-medal winning performance at the Queensland under-12 boys' basketball championships represents perfectly the David and Goliath story.

"This is such a significant result," the manager of Rockhampton Basketball said. "Some of the teams that the boys beat on their way to silver represent associations that are over 10 times the size of Rockhampton.

"Ultimately, it's a real credit to the boys and their coaching staff."

It is only the fourth time in about 30 years that Rocky has medalled in Division 1 at a state championship.

Neason said the last time Rocky was represented in an under-12 boys gold medal match was 18 years ago when local star Stephen Weigh led the team to victory.

"We'd love nothing more than to see these boys follow in Stevie's footsteps," he said.

Paul Christensen was the boys' coach this year and also in 2009 when the under-12 team won bronze.

He said great teamwork was at the heart of the boys' achievements this year.

"They all played well," he said. "When they got on the court they did as they were told and they played as hard as they could. You couldn't ask for anything more as a coach.

"We lost to Mackay in the first game which wasn't the start that we wanted but we built after that.

"We just got better and better and were playing our best basketball at the end of the tournament."

Players Lleyton Muggeridge and Ben Tweedy were fourth and fifth highest scorers respectively at the championships.

Christensen said the boys were truly deserving of the accolades.

"We've had some good results so it looks promising for the future," he said.

Christensen is assistant coach of the Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones and is now counting down to the start of the QBL season which is just two weeks away.

The Cyclones (women) and the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets (men) will take on Mackay in key pre-season match-ups at Hegvold Stadium on Friday, April 22. Tickets for the games go on sale at 9am Monday.



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