07 September 2022
WOW! JUST WOW!
The GAME! The EXCITEMENT! The CROWD!
Re-live the game here!
Scott McKenzie has delivered a Championship in our very first year in fairytale ending. The ‘Gippsland Physiotherapy Group’ Gippsland United Men are BigV Division 2 Champions.
The game was an arm wrestle from the first whistle. Pakenham got out to a 9 point lead to start the game and were punishing the home team on transition, scoring at will. However the United team gained some composure and 2 timely three pointers from Billy Hughes the quarter ended with United only a single point in arrears.
The second and third quarter were a battle. The defensive intensity was through the roof with both teams not willing to give an inch. Pakenham lead at all three breaks and held a 2 point lead at 3/4 time.
The final term was a heart stopper, Gippsland United took the lead early in the quarter and jumped out to a 7 point lead. But the Pakenham Warriors were just not going to go away. Joe Davis, Josh Dow and Alistair Parker again showed why they are absolute superstars and willed their team back into the contest. With 2.41 left on the clock – Pakenham took a 2 point lead.
The tension in the home crowd was palpable and in an unforgettable night the GU men came home with the victory.
If I had to summarise, there were 3 reasons Gippsland United won the game on the night
Brandon Armstrong was awarded the Finals MVP with another outstanding performance finishing the series averaging: 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists. Brandon’s cool head and leadership across both games demonstrated his importance to the team and the result.
Congratulations to everyone involved: Players, Coaches, Officials, Volunteers, Sponsors, Local Associations and Spectators for what has truly been an amazing year for Gippsland Basketball.
BRING ON 2023!
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