The Alexandra Basketball Club’s shortened season came to an end recently when new teams took top honours in the two premier grades during the finals last month .
Club captain Santilal Parbhu said the result was an exciting end to a good but shortened season.
‘‘The culmination of a weird Covid-19-delayed season produced some of the best basketball we have seen for a number of years.’’
In the semifinals, the Scorchers downed Dunstan A Boys to make the finals, while Thunderbulls edged Harcourts by a point.
In the women’s section, Dunstan A Girls defeated archrival Falcons to earn a sixth consecutive finals appearance. Top qualifier Allstars earned the other place.
‘‘In the first of the finals matches, the B grade trophy was a face-off between longtime rivals, the Hawks and the Cavaliers,’’ Parbhu said.
‘‘Cavaliers relinquished a good first-half lead to allow Hawks to walk off with bragging rights.’’
In the women’s A grade final, the Allstars played Dunstan A.
‘‘Allstars’ Sophie Johns, who has shown her class throughout the season, was again in dominant form, and led the scoring with 25 points for the match.
‘‘Dunstan defended stoically, led by Meg Creagh and Aria Monaghan, but in the end, just could not match the scoring talent of the Allstars team. It will be a new name on the cup this year.’’
During the men’s final, Bailey Scott steered his Scorchers team around the court and, with many of the youngsters skilled at hitting threes, Thunderbulls were always chasing.
The Scorchers won to take the cup back to Cromwell.
‘‘Perhaps this signals the dawning of a new era, with new teams taking top honours in the two premier grades,’’ he said.