Kempsey Basketball Under-18s have returned from round two of the Northern Junior League hosted at the State of Art Basketball facility in Tamworth.
Playing with just six players, the boys took on Bellinger Valley in the first game and came off second best.
Richard Dixon led the scoring with all six boys getting on the scoreboard.
The next game saw an improvement in play with the boys working together, but Tamworth had the hometown advantage and ran out the winners.
Daniel Druhan and Richard Dixon top scored in that game. The last game of the day put us up against the undefeated Armidale side.
Joe Marshall (26) Richard Dixon (18) and David Styles (12) came alive in this game to lead the side to 60 points.
Darnell Heuston-Mcleod had a slight height advantage and along with Lachlan Chapman the team managed to defensively keep Armidale from doubling our score, a feat no other team was able to do on the day.
The 8am game on Sunday morning had a chilly start with our northern cousins Lismore.
Each quarter was neck-and-neck until the last quarter, when Kempsey got on a roll with three, three point shots in a row.
Lismore tried to stop the momentum with a time-out, but the Kempsey boys put up two more three pointers to seal their fate, running out winners 56-49.
Lachlan Chapman proved to be the catalyst in this game, holding his teammates together under pressure.
All the boys got themselves on the scoreboard with three pointers to go home on a positive note.
Coach Ben Jago was pleased with their improvement and "never say die" attitude over the weekend.
The next round is in Lismore on May 30.
Meanwhile Kempsey Junior Basketball has returned on Monday afternoons at Melville High.
We are looking for more Year 7 and 8 boys to form a competition from 4-5pm.
Also Aussie Hoops runs for Primary students at 5pm in Hall 2.
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