PARKVIEW’S boys hoops team made it back-to-back titles at the recent LNPSSA basketball championships.
It was the second consecutive year the side had taken out the final, with the school’s girls team also making the grand final.
While they were runners-up, it was a solid day on the court. In the first round match up for the boys, Parkview survived a tough encounter with Leeton PS.
Brooklyn and Kobe O’Callaghan were huge in the paint for Parkview, while Tallis McMillan and Liam McPhee controlled the ball well to see off their determined opponents.
Final round one score: Parkview PS 32 d Leeton PS 15
In the final, Narrandera jumped out of the blocks and fresh from a win over Small Schools had Parkview under early pressure taking a two-point lead to the first break.
An unanswered seven-point run to start the second quarter had Parkview trail by as many as nine points before Brooklyn O’Callaghan and Tallis McMillan got busy to cut the margin to just 3 at the main break.
A tense third quarter had Parkview tie the ball game at 23 at the final change and despite an early Narrandera basket in the final quarter, Parkview appeared safe after reeling off nine unanswered points thanks to some inspired play from Liam McPhee to lead by seven points with less than a minute to play.
Not content to play out time, the home team came again and with 4.6 seconds on the clock, cut the margin to just two points, but Parkview remained calm in the crisis and came away with a memorable two-point win to take the title.
Final score: Parkview PS 32 d Narrandera PS 30
The girls competition was just as exciting with Parkview facing off with Leeton PS in the opening game of the championships.Tamika Rourke took control in the early exchanges and scoring eight first quarter points to help Parkview to a 10-point quarter time lead.
The second quarter had Parkview extend their lead to 14 points and then further good play in the second half from Chelsea Blacker, Sarah Elliott and Amelia Irvin helped the Parkview qualify for the LNPSSA final with 21-point victory.
Final score: Parkview PS 32 d Leeton PS 11
The final had Parkview face up to defending champions Narrandera PS. The hosts put PPS under early pressure and led by 14 points at quarter time. Narrandera proved too composed and ran out comfortable 28 point winners to retain the Janet Hugo Shield. Final score: Parkview PS 10 d Narrandera PS 38
Six PPS players – Tallis McMillan, Liam McPhee, Brooklyn O’Callaghan, Kobe O’Callaghan, Tamika Rourke and Sarah Elliott – were selected to represent LNPSSA at the Riverina trials in Albury this month.