Granite Belt Basketball season is back with a vengeance.
Granite Belt Basketball season is back with a vengeance. Matthew Purcell

Courts back in session for basketball season

BASKETBALL: A new Granite Belt basketball season is under way, with both the men's and juniors competitions tipping off.

Player numbers are thriving and the future couldn't look any brighter for the Granite Belt Basketball Association.

"The men's season has got off to a great beginning with some high-quality games in the first two weeks,” GBBA's Damian Petrie said.

"In week one, Rollers took on the defending premiers Tenterfield and came away with a 37-30 victory. Game two saw the debut of the Young Giants against the always strong United team, with the Young Giants taking the win 42-34.

"Week two results saw the Rollers matched against United who were keen to put a stroke in the win column, and they didn't disappoint in a dominant display, taking the win comfortably 48-36.

"United seemingly couldn't miss from the three-point line, making it difficult for the 'old' Rollers to stay in touch throughout the match.

"Game two on the night saw the Pirates hit the floor for the first time this season and any so-called rust didn't appear, with the Pirates going toe-to-toe with the athletic Young Giants team.

"As the game see-sawed throughout it, was Ben Armbruster in his first game of men's basketball who stepped up with time running out to hit a game- tying three-point shot, closing the game in a spectacular 54-54 draw.

"A huge thank you goes out from the association to all teams who are pulling their weight with volunteering to officiate and run the score bench.

"Without the help of volunteers completing these tasks, the games could not take place.”

Week three fixtures for Wednesday, May 16:

6pm Pirates v Rollers, duty Tenterfield;

6.50pm United v Tenterfield, duty Rollers;

BYE Young Giants.

Petrie said it would be an enticing round as Pirates and Tenterfield try to claim their first wins while United aim to continue their form.