Hills Hornets under-12s perform well at Basketball NSW State Championships

Champions: The victorious Hills Hornets under-12s boys team went through the entire season with one loss. Picture: Geoff Tripp/Basketball NSW

Champions: The victorious Hills Hornets under-12s boys team went through the entire season with one loss. Picture: Geoff Tripp/Basketball NSW

The Hills Hornets under-12s teams have led the way to a successful Basketball NSW State Championships.

Both the boys and girls sides made it to the grand final with the girls finishing runners up.

However, the boys continued a incredible run that has seen them lose just one game on the way to a state championship triumph.

Under-12 boys coach Shaun Munro said it was an amazing result for the side.

“We knew at the beginning of the season we had a pretty special team, but they probably exceeded our expectations although this was one of our goals,” he said. 

“To do both hasn’t been done in a long time I think.”

The boys were dominant in their pursuit of the state championship, with the closest game in their pool a 27-point win over the Sydney Comets.

Although it was close in the semi-finals with a 40-37 win over the Penrith Panthers, the Hornets closed out the championship with a 60-49 win over the Norths Bears.

Ethan Quimpo was named the most valuable player of the state championship final, while Andrei Honrada was named the best in the Metro League decider.

Munro said it pointed to a team effort throughout the season.

“Sometimes there is one kid who stands out, and we had a couple of good players, but everyone contributed in all the games so that was really pleasing from a coaching point of view,” he said.

The under-12 girls finished second at state, runners up in the metro competition and second after the regular season.

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles won all three of the titles ahead of the Hornets.

The Hornets’ under-16s girls also made it to state championships but were unable to progress to the finals despite close matches against the eventual finalists.

The state championships are the division one titles, while the state cup for division two teams was held the weekend before.

The Hornets had great success at state cup with wins in the under-12 girls and under-14 boys, while the under-12 boys and under-18 girls finished runners up.

Hills Basketball Association general manager Steve Burke said the club was pleased with the results and is looking to further promote development of representative players.

The association has been offering extra sessions along with the team session and has seen great results.

“We saw our best results in our 12s and 14s so we’re already seeing some reward for the extra effort,” Burke said. 

“It bodes well for the future if you have teams that are going well at that level as long as we continue the development.”

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