15 November, 2021
Devils deliver in season finale
THE two top teams stacked with talent locked horns in the Mareeba Basketball grand final for season two and the game did not disappoint spectators despite a predominantly pro-Stingrays crowd.
The horns of the devils proved sharper than
the barbs of the rays as the Red Devils kept the
points ticking over.
The game swung the Devils way in the first half with the help of guard Zayd Myrteza and Craig Farley, Andy Harris (third quarter magic) and finally by the injection of Clinton Cameron down the stretch.
The Devils’ role players served the greater good and a fearless Josh Dayes had no concern for his lack of basketball experience.
Stingrays matched them for three quarters (Devils 50 to Rays 46) despite an injury that cut typically versatile Josh McCauley’s night short in the opening minutes.
Ryan Mawdsley was again excellent and his match up with Farley was a genuine treat to watch. Stingray captain Warren Thomson competed and held his crew on course with the fire power available.
Steve Hogan refused to concede his best years were behind him and with comrade Norm Fenner stepped up to box out genuine giants the likes of Dave McGrath, Sep Aloia and Zac Myrteza at both ends of the court.
Devils won 72 to 64. Zayd Myrteza must have been within a fingernail of bringing the best on court award back to his parent’s farm, with a dazzling 25 points.
Frankly a bunch of contenders for best performer were leaving it all out on the court, including Mawdsley, Farley, Thomson, Harris and roughie Hulk-Hogan.
In the end, referees judged Stingray Alfred Passi as most valuable player on the night.
Supporting official Brendan Ebner said the finals were great to watch but one player had to shine above the rest.
“Alfie was simply quicker and more influential than all nine others on the court - bringing back memories of the lightning quick Ricaydan Wason in his high school years.”
Most improved player this season was awarded to Kyll Wright from Buckets