TALL ORDER: Ipswich Grammar basketballers give their all trying to stop their powerful Churchie opponents in Saturday’s GPS match.
TALL ORDER: Ipswich Grammar basketballers give their all trying to stop their powerful Churchie opponents in Saturday’s GPS match. Contributed

Even with "Rocky Balboa", IGS basketball title hopes knocked out

IPSWICH Grammar School's First V basketball team will have to wait another year for the elusive GPS premiership after being defeated by a powerful Churchie outfit 90-76.

However, Saturday's scoreline didn't reflect the closeness of the contest. With only five minutes left, the Spartans led by one point and looked primed for victory.

"The boys threw everything at them," coach Michael Wellings said. "We lost to a classy outfit but fought all the way, for 40 minutes, and I couldn't be prouder."

Captain Matineng Leahy led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds. He was ably assisted by vice-captain Kane Bishop who scored 18 points and amassed an incredible 18 rebounds.

"He got an accidental poke in the eye early," Wellings said. "He looked like Rocky Balboa, and showed that kind of spirit as well."

The team has an opportunity to bounce back at the State Schools Championships.

"We have great depth in our ranks so these types of tournaments suit us,'' assistant coach Michael Murray said.

The tournament starts tomorrow at Logan Metro Sports Arena. The finals are on Sunday.



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