Region?s brightest hoop it up

By Lee Gaskin

WITH star trio Brent Keirnan, Jim Wallis and Corey Beckett all missing, it would have been easy for the Bundaberg under-16 team to throw in the towel.

But stand-in coach Adam Curran was over the moon with the performance of the team at the Central District Carnival (CDC) on the weekend.

Both Century 21 Stadium and Shalom College were kept busy, as teams from Rockhampton and Gladstone took on the hosts in age-groups from under-12s to under-18s, while Noosa was invited to take part in the boys' under-14 and under-16 divisions.

Curran's side began the weekend strongly, accounting for Gladstone (50-21) and Rockhampton (38-23), before the absence of both Wallis and Beckett made the difference on Sunday as they dropped both games.

But the coach was far from disappointed.

"We went well on Saturday, but then Jim was away for state training and Corey injured himself in the morning," Curran said.

"Brent also did not play all weekend, so to miss three of your starting five is pretty big.

"But kids like Aiden Moody, Jarrod Ward and Beau and Ben Bergen were outstanding."

While the under-14 team failed to register a victory, coach Wayne Bedford said there was vast improvement from their most recent outing.

"We were a 20-point better team than the carnival in Rocky," Bedford said.

"The experience is more important than winning games at the moment.

Bedford nominated guard Kyle Sbresni and utility player Jarrod Keirnan as his team's stand-outs.

Meanwhile, the Bundaberg under-18 girls' team, led by Ashlee Wallis, defeated Gladstone 42-36 before suffering three straight losses, while the under-16 girls also grabbed a solo win.

Only a winning shot in the final seconds denied the Bundy under-18 boys a much-deserved victory against Rockhampton.

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