Creekers beat odds to write their own script
HOLLYWOOD couldnt have come up with a better script.
Mountain Creek State High Schools open boys basketball team was written-off by nearly everyone before the National Schools Championships in Victoria last week.
They were younger, smaller and less experienced than all their opponents.
And while most of their rivals were schools that poured thousands of dollars into basketball programs and hired professional coaches, the Mountain Creek boys were just the neighbourhood kids coached by one of the schools maths teachers.
But, after a string of nail-biting come-from-behind victories, the Mountain Creek lads are the toast of the Coast after claiming the Division Two title.
According to coach Liz Smith, it was a combination of skill and determination which saw her team claim the national title.
They were smaller than the other teams, but they were very skilful and very gutsy, she said.
A lot of the other schools were private school that put a lot of money into basketball and had players who were on scholarships. But we were just a state school with the neighbourhood kids playing.
And, in true Hollywood style, the Creekers last two matches came down to the last second.
There were definitely a few heart-stoppers, Smith said. In the final against St Patricks, Ballarat, we were down by eight points with four minutes to go and ended up winning 52-50.
In the game before the final, which we had to win to make the final, we had a 22-point turnaround in the last quarter to win. We were down by 15 at the start of the last quarter, came back to draw it by full-time and ended up winning by seven.
The Mountain Creek team was: Josh Tueta (c), Mitchell Trask, Ryan Miller, Scott Kenny, Nic Meddings, Kyle Hornberg, Brenton Estorffe, Justin McIntyre, Lachlan Miller, Matthew Adekponya.