BRAUER College collected two basketball bronze medals at the Australian Schools Championships yesterday.
The Paul McFadden-coached under 20 division two men’s team trounced Hunters Sports High School, 58-28.
Lester Pickett led the under 20 division two women to a comfortable 47-16 win against Mullum Vet Cluster.
McFadden said his team started the bronze medal play-off slowly after a confidence-sapping 54-46 semi-final loss to the King’s School on Thursday.
“The boys were still suffering a little letdown from the loss the day before but started to play good offence and shut them down,” he said.
He said Brauer College’s defence restricted Hunters’ high to six points after half-time and hurt it with numerous fast breaks.
Liam Killey dropped 20 points and Sam Brooks 18. The pair, and fellow Warrnambool Seahawk Jeremy Bolden, were Brauer College’s most consistent performers at the week-long tournament in Knox and Kilsyth.
Brauer College fell agonisingly short of a gold medal play-off berth in the women’s section. It lost its semi-final to Loreto College, 35-34.
Pickett said he was proud of the team’s response in the bronze-medal match against Mullum Vet Cluster.
Aylish Salzman dropped 16 points and Maggie Baker 10 in the convincing win.
“The team we played, we beat them by six points the first time around and we improved so much we beat them by 31 this time around,” he said.
Emmanuel College lost its under 20 men’s division three competition bronze medal play-off to Ballarat’s St Patrick’s College, 58-48.
Seahawk James Mitchell, who averaged 21 points across eight games, top-scored with 18 points.
Potential top-five NBA draft pick Dante Exum was the competition’s drawcard, helping Lake Ginninderra to gold in the men’s championship division.