By Angelo Robinson
Tough competition in the well run tournament
On Saturday 31 May the Kapiti Basketball Association (KBA), hosted the Capital Zone Regional Basketball Tournament at Paraparaumu College. It was a very full day with games starting at 8.00am and going right through to 8.00pm. The tournament was a huge success and the two Kapiti teams performed creditably against top teams from the region.
KBA U19 Boys perform strongly
The KBA under 19 boys, coached by Steve Botica and managed by Tania Urner, met some stiff opposition from Porirua and Wellington. The three teams were competing for two positions at the upcoming National Basketball Tournament in Nelson in July.
Coach Botica said: The boys were soundly beaten by Porirua in the first game of the day but competed strongly against a much taller Wellington side only going down by 14 points.
In a rematch against Wellington, the team fought to the last minute but were outgunned by a Wellington team bolstered by two classy team members who were not available for the first match.
When you consider the much larger catchment areas and the players the Porirua and Wellington teams have to choose form, it was an excellent effort by the Kapiti team.
KBA U15 Boys get valuable experience
The U15 Boys Teams from Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti and Hutt Valley fought to gain a qualifying spot in the National Tournament to be held in July in Wellington. The Kapiti team, coached by Keir Maxwell and managed by Jacqui Shearman, played hard and were unfortunate not to qualify for the National tournament.
With a very new to basketball selection of boys, the team learnt a lot from this experience and are aiming for qualification for next year. Captain Zach Shearman received player of the tournament for the Kapiti U15 Team.
The competition in both age groups was fierce and whilst both our teams missed out on making the Nationals, we are all extremely proud of them and the way they played in this tournament.
The exciting thing is that in all our games it was obvious to see that the gap between our teams and the teams from the other bigger regions is definitely closing. We proved we had the skill level and ability but lacked a little in our full execution.
Everyone has gone away with areas to work on and look forward to taking up the challenge in next year’s Capital Zone Regional Championships.