With the buzzer-beater dunk by Carter Jensen, for the first time in six years, our Somerset Boys' Basketball team are APS champions! The team will be taking home the APS trophy after defeating King’s Christian College in the APS finals. The 44-37 game win marked that effort beats talent, the boys played to their limits.
During mid-time of the game, the team gathered in the middle of the court. We huddled together and Carter said, “I want all five of us to fight for every rebound, get down for every loose ball, and lockdown your player." Until the last minute, the game was tied. Then it was Hilton Luxon who hit the clutch three-pointer and the boys kept the lead.
It’s been a successful year for Somerset Basketball, with the new indoor courts being put to use. Now all students have the opportunity to enjoy playing basketball. The Somerset Basketball Club was established this year and players have been competing in every level and age group across the Gold Coast. Somerset Basketball community also organised a Basketball programme called Bounce for Prep to Year 4 students. We had 124 students partake in this six-week activity which was coached and run by our senior basketballers at the College. It was great to be a part of and I personally felt I developed over this programme.
The Somerset boys' basketball team have also competed in the Queensland State Championships, despite being heavily undermanned, many young players stepped up. It was a great experience for all of the young players competing in the higher level of basketball in Queensland, and we would train even harder so that we would return to the competition and dominate it in the near future.
It has been a successful APS season for Somerset boys' basketball. The boys fought hard in every game. In the regular season, our team had 6 wins and 1 loss. We would go into the finals fighting for the championship against King's Christian College, which is the only team we lost to in a close game in the regular season. After the loss to King's in the fifth round, our head coach Mr Whish-Wilson and the boys worked hard to find a way to go against the King's defence. We practised and practised just to get the plays right. A special thanks to Mr Bassingthwaighte who came to support many of our games. The College also organised a breakfast for the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams showing support for our great effort.
Taking the champion trophy home is the best way to thank the College and everyone supporting us. Thank you to the Year 12 students in the team, Carter Jensen, Sam Bensley and James Huang. You have set the standard for Somerset Basketball from which we will all try to achieve.
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