A STRONG Country Basketball League flavour helped The Bloods claw their way to a Seaside Senior Basketball Carnival grand final win.
The Terang combination collected men’s under 23 honours at the annual competition yesterday.
It defeated Smokin’ Trees and Strokin’ Threes in a close decider, 53-51.
Terang Tornadoes’ trio Justin Wallace, Alex Moloney and Xavier Lourey played for The Bloods.
Joe Arundell, Sam Crawley, Zac Newson and Sam McLean made up the rest pf tje grand final-winning side.
Wallace said The Bloods left their best performance of the three-day tournament until last.
“We were a bit taller and we shot well so that helped,” he said.
“We were up by five points and a bloke (from their team) hit a three before the buzzer and we still won by two.”
Wallace said The Bloods entered the annual tournament for fun. “It is good to win though,” he said.
“Everyone was pretty good, it was a good team effort.”
The Bloods were one of three south-west teams to make a grand final at a competition which attracted sides from Melbourne and Adelaide.
The Last Coach, which included former Warrnambool Mermaids’ championship guard Katie O’Keefe, won the B women’s title.
It defeated Ballarat team HPD in the grand final, 55-37. Roulettes finished runner-up in the men’s 40-plus section.
They suffered a 55-36 loss to Cardigan-based team State Bank in the decider.
Big Daddy’s 20 won the men’s 35-40 section when Cardigan entrant WnWa forfeited the grand final.
Committee member Sharon Blackney said the three-day Seaside tournament, which attracted 57 teams, was a success.
“We are pretty happy. It went off without too many hitches,” she said.
“Everyone had fun and we got good feedback and people were happy with how the weekend went.”