FIERCE rivals all year, the Titan versus Bulls clash in the A grade men’s basketball grand final on Monday night promised another legendary battle between these two long-term sides of Orange basketball.
A good crowd of supporters filled the stands at Anzac Park, watching as Harley Smith led from the front as he helped Bulls out to a good lead early in the game.
But Titans made the most of their height advantage and pulled away in the last quarter.
William Ozolins notched 20 points to help his side to a 64-56 win.
The A reserve grand final featured a team with one of the oldest average ages in Orange basketball, the Parkview Falcons, take on a side with only a couple of players over 18, the CHS Boys.
Solid defence kept both sides in with a chance into the second half, before CHS began to open up a margin. Falcons kept up the pressure but couldn’t close the gap.
Brothers Matthew Gray with 18 points and Andrew Gray with 14 top scored, as CHS scored a comfortable 64-40 win.
The Lawmen went into the B grade men’s grand final as the competition’s most consistent side.
Their opponents, CCT Rockets, pushed hard throughout the game. A string of three pointers from out wide gave the Lawmen’s extra height under the basket no chance, but in close the competition leader’s big men pulled in too many rebounds.
Sam Morgan top scored with 25 points for Lawmen as they produced a convincing 71-44 win.
Rugels took out the A grade women’s grand final in a close 42-40 win over Pink Lightning.
Three Lightning players finished the game on four fouls in a hard-fought win.
For Rugels, Emma Patterson top scored with 21 points and Olivia Patterson scored 17.
The Come Back Queens lived up to their name, taking out the B grade women’s grand final, beating ACP Inkjets 37-35.
Annabel South notched a game-high 14 points.
After a consistent season, 29 points from Chris Gogola helped CHS Mob take out the C grade men’s grand final.
Lachlan Jensen also got among the baskets with 15 points, helping CHS to a 63-42 win over PCI.