Stingers lose their first as Philp fires up

IT TOOK eight rounds but the Frenchville Stingers unbeaten run has finally come to an end.

A 22-17 point last quarter had Frenchville White hand the Stingers their first loss of the season 62-52 in the Men's Division 1 Summer League competition.

Three consecutive 3 pointers to Mitch Philp in the final quarter had his team build a small lead.

Philp again stepped up big in the final minutes icing clutch free throws to put the game out of reach.

Aaron Glazebrook also created match-up problems for the Stingers who were without their star under-23 big men Trevor Corrigan and Bailey Meyers.

In the other men's game, Toledo Spurs pulled together in a strong team performance to topple Ripperteam 63-53.

With the addition of Peni Nasalo, Toledo are quietly building a team that looks like it has the depth to defend last season's championship, with veteran sharp shooter Tony Campbell having his best game of the season.

Junita Hill was too big and too strong for the under-16 girls Rep team finishing with 20 points as the Titans won 50-23.

Hill was well supported by Sophie Boland who made solid contributions at both ends of the floor.

True to form, the Rep team made a run during the third quarter, but the first half lead proved too big to pull in.

Brianna Bailey has been in scintillating form, however she was well held in Ripperteam's match-up with the under-18 Rep girls.

Fresh from games against Mackay over the weekend the Rep team poured on the points, taking out the game 76-39.

Gifted junior Jessica Lorraway has been showing signs of promise all season, but this week she had a break-out game leading her team with 22 points.

It's a great sign as the under-18 girls continue their preparation in the lead-up to taking on the best teams in Queensland at the Division 1 state championships in January.

Basketball now turns its attention to the Central Queensland Representative carnival in Gladstone this week as U16, U18 and U23 teams from across the region do battle.



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