AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY JUNIOR BASKETBALL CUP: Months of hard work pays off | PICTURES

SOUTH Australia has walked away with four titles from the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup.

The Croweaters enjoyed their most successful raid on the Border by taking out the under-14 and 16 boys and girls titles at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre on Saturday.

High performance manager David Ingham said it was the result of months of hard work.

“It’s always nice to win and create a winning culture,” Ingham said.

“We are happy, very happy.

“I believe it’s our best result as a whole unit.

“I think you have to look at these things long term and not just the course of the tournament, as obviously a lot of work has gone in beforehand.”

While Ingham was delighted to win four titles, he said the championships also provided the perfect platform for players and officials to gain valuable experience.

“There are much more bigger stories than going there to win,” he said.

“It’s about development and putting players outside their comfort zone and seeing how they react.

“It’s a great learning experience for coaches and team managers as well.

“Winning is great but it’s not the be all and end all.”

South Australia’s dominance in the girls can be gauged by the fact the SA Sharks played off against the SA Magpies in the under 14 and 16 finals.

NSW won the remaining two under-18 titles.

The Waratahs defeated the Victorian Goldminers 46-36 in the under-18 girls while the NSW Kookaburras accounted for the NSW Waratahs 83-48 in the boys.

Victorious Waratahs coach Reece Potter said it was a good finish to the week.

“We struggled early but got on a run in the second quarter and held the lead,” Potter said.

“It was a good win.

“The girls did well.”

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