GREEN DAY OUT FOR BLUE DEVILS
BASKETBALL: The experience of Blue Devils combined with the brilliance of brothers Daniel and Tarron Green helped engineer a 47-34 grand final win against Beliebers in the Premier league on Saturday night.
The inside muscle of Troy Robinson was too much for the U18 Beliebers team to handle and the Queensland Basketball League Port City Power Power player shot 14 points.
The Green siblings, who both played at the Power, dazzled with their shooting with MVP Daniel finishing with 18 points and Tarron got 11.
It has been a big Saturday for Tarron who also starred in the division one men's decider where he also stroked 11 points for Gladstone Office Choice in their 47-34 win against Devolds.
What made Tarron Green's day remarkable was that he is on the comeback trail.
"I tore my anterior cruciate ligament last season in my knee and this is my first season with these boys,” Tarron said of his Blue Devils team-mates.
Devils led 9-6 at quarter-time and when Beliebers' Jace Arnold (12 points) and captain Botond Hajos made tough baskets to edge within five points after the men in blue looked like putting an early exclamation mark on the contest - the youthful Beliebers started to believe.
Arnold then connected to make scores 15-12 before Daniel Green made the next five points which included a three-point play for an eight-point advantage at half-time.
"Once we started to slow the game down, we started to play on our terms,” Tarron Green said.
Robinson added two buckets before a Tarron Green triple ended any hope Beliebers had.
Beliebers' Lee Gillett said the players have learned from the loss.
"It was a good experience for us and it was a real eye-opener because it showed exactly in what we needed to get good at,” Gillett said.
"Blue Devils have been playing together for ages.”
One of the positives according to Gillett was how Beliebers moved the ball in offence which enabled the shooters to get open.
"What didn't work so well was our communication in defence,” Gillett said.
"Our coach Ray (Cooper) said some of us weren't ready to play and we didn't play to the best of our ability.
Beliebers are also the Gladstone Port City Power U18 side that have dominated the recent Central District Carnivals.
Blue Devils 47 (Daniel Green 18, Troy Robinson 14, Tarron Green 11, Mitchell Glossop 3, Peter Davey 1) d Beliebers 34 (Jace Arnold 12, Botond Hajos 9, Lee Gillett 7, Lachlan Wilmot; Mitchell Knight; Declan Kenny 2)