Cubs’ Laken Paitai went head-to-head against Hawks’ tall and agile Kate Victor in the grand final
Cubs’ Laken Paitai went head-to-head against Hawks’ tall and agile Kate Victor in the grand final Mike Richards GLA250616WBAL

Cubs claw back in classic grand final

CUBS’ DIVISION two women’s basketball side survived a Kate Victor-inspired Hawks to prevail 39-34 in the grand final.

It was a low-scoring first quarter with nerves affecting both teams before a triple from Emma Small made it 6-6 at quarter-time.

Hawks’ Kate Victor’s height posed all sorts of problems for the Cubs and the centre single-handedly wrested momentum in the Hawks’ favour in the third term.

Cubs Laken Paitai hit some big clutch baskets when the game was at its hottest and was awarded Most Valuable Player.

She said the incentive of a grand final win naturally made her desperate to be ‘the player’ in the big moments.

“We had to focus a bit more and because of that it made me more determined,” Paitai said.

With Victor an inside presence, Paitai was forced to go head-to-head with her in the final minutes of the decider.

“I just remembered to play normal defence and not to move,” Paitai said when Victor posted inside the paint.

She added that coach Shane Brown stressed for his charges to take the ball to the ring with more conviction.

“Browny just said to be more aggressive when we got to the hoop,” Paitai said.

In division one women, Power youngster Kiah Guinea led her team Mystics to a 47-38 win againsy Copy Cats.

Hustlers had too much class when it counted against Muddies when MVP Richard McEvoy shot 17 points to guide his team to a 44-38 win in the division one men’s decider.

Zac Jahn shot 15 points for Muddies.