All teams are back in action tomorrow after a break for the holidays and the season ramps up for several sides as they move in playoffs.
The U20 presently hold 2nd spot in their grade and will be looking to solidify a spot in the top 4 as finals approach. There are a number of teams just below them so the team will be focused on ensuring that they remain masters of their own destiny.
U17 Red match up against Rangiora High in a qualifying final with the winner going through as one of the top seeds and earning a week off with the loser having a second life and a chance to keep their playoff hopes alive.
In the U15 grade, 15 Red also have a qualifying final against Rangiora and will be looking to avenge a loss in round robin play earlier in the season.
With no finals structure in place for the other U15 & U17 teams, they will all be seeking to continue the improvement shown throughout the season and round out the final few weeks on a positive note.
Junior finals are set down for Saturday 20 August and for teams that are not involved in this day, their final game will be on Saturday 13 August.
The Senior side commenced the Top round robin for the Thomson Trophy on Tuesday night against Cashmere with some unusual circumstances unfolding during the evening.
Prior to the scheduled start of the match Corban Fisher, Thomas Martin, Hamish Patrick & Agar Torres were awarded their caps and the St Bede’s basketball community wish to congratulate these boys on their achievement.
Immediately after this took place a leak was discovered which deemed the playing surface unsafe and officials scrambled to find an alternative venue to ensure the fixture could proceed. A court was secured at Avonside/Shirley and teams, officials and supporters headed off to ready themselves for a delayed start.
Cashmere jumped out of the blocks quickly, playing with confidence and asserted themselves on the scoreboard, eventually heading into quarter time with a solid 41-18 lead.
St Bede's was unable to make any inroads into the margin during the 2nd quarter although a burst during the opening period of the 3rd saw the lead cut considerably, however, Cashmere responded emphatically and came out comfortable victors.
The team has learnt from the match, trained well since and move onto a busy week with an away game against St Thomas next Tuesday and home against Christ's College at 7pm on Thursday evening.
Earlier on Tuesday a number of players were awarded pockets at a school assembly and congrats to all for this acknowledgement for their contribution to the sport at the college.
With the unfortunate news that the Marlborough exchange and planned basketball trip to Nelson for additional games has been cancelled, the senior & junior teams now focus on training ahead of the upcoming South Island tournaments.
The junior team are first in action with their tournament being held in Nelson from Saturday 27-Tuesday 30 August while the senior side head to Invercargill for tournament from Wednesday 31 August- Saturday 03September.