Bulls U-14s grab silver at champs
THE youngest Bundaberg Bulls team roared at the 2012 Basketball Queensland Under-12 Boys Division 2 State Championships, claiming the silver medal.
The Bulls hit the courts running, winning three Pool A matches, defeating Maroochydore Clippers 44-37, Ipswich Force 55-22 and South West Metro Pirates.
They continued on in Pool AA with big victories over Southern Districts Spartans 76-26 and Logan Thunder 53-29, but then suffered their first loss, going down to Redlands 67-44.
However the Bulls still qualified for the second semi-final and they rebounded strongly to edge out Gold Coast Seahawks 48-46 and book a gold medal game rematch against Redlands, who again were too good for them, racking up a 68-31 triumph.
But coach Sean Mullaney was still "ecstatic" with their effort.
"Just being happy doesn't give enough credit to these boys we took down to Brisbane - to be honest, we were just hoping not to be relegated to Division 3 - staying in Division 2 was our goal at the start," Mullaney said.
"But to come away with the silver medal is a credit to all the boys for five months of hard work. It was my first time with this team but while Bundy were under-12 defending champions in Division 2, there was only one player from that team from last year - captain Kaleb Bax - all the others have gone up to under-14.
"We had seven bottom-age players in the team and they were a full year younger than most of the boys they played against."
Mullaney said Bax led from the front and averaged 12.8 points per game.
"Kaleb, our centre, was our biggest player but I credit our success to that we shared the scoring load and everyone contributed - it was not all about one or two players and that made us a bit more difficult to defend against - opposition coaches couldn't key in on a few guys."
Mitchell Wright was the Bulls' next biggest scorerwith 10.6 points per game, while Sepehr Mahjoub had 8.3, followed by Khobi Redgard 6.6, Brennan Norris 6.5, Lucas Duncan 5.6, Luke Wilson 4.6, Kyle Spann 4.3 and Aubyn Turnbull and Jayden Buchanan with 2 each.