GBL WRAP – Grand Finals
After a super-competitive regular season, the 2017 GBL Division 1 Women’s grand final featured Pivot City and Sharks for the second consecutive year.
Eve Braslis kicked off proceedings with the first two baskets of the game, and Pivot City didn’t look back, never surrendering the lead. Sharks made a few spirited runs on the back of Alex Duck, although were never able to get the ascendancy. With Pivot City eventually running out 62-52 winners to claim the Division 1 Women’s GBL championship.
Eve Braslis led from the front, scoring 19 points to lead Pivot, while Teagan Tatlock (13 points), Shayna Poto (11) and Nikita Handley (10) all provided scoring support. Alex Duck battled hard, leading all scorers with 21 points, Jessie Christiaans also chipped in 10, although Georgia Varley was well held, only managing 1 point in the loss.
In the men’s competition a highly anticipated final saw the two best teams all year, in CC Eagles and Pivot City, face off in a winner-takes-all finale.
A back and forward first quarter saw multiple lead changes, although come the second period, Pivot City built a 10 point lead that proved to be the difference. CC Eagles were able to cut the deficit to 5 in the final term, although Pivot were able to hold strong to claim a 65-58 victory and the 2017 GBL Division 1 Men’s championship.
Tristan Rozenfeld proved to be a finals X-Factor, again leading the team in scoring with 20 points. Chris Eichler (14 points) and Aaron Ruiz (10) were also key components in the win. Robbie Kennedy did all he could to keep CC Eagles competitive, scoring an equal game high 20 points. He was supported by 10 points apiece from Kye Baulch and Liam McInerney.
Congratulations to Pivot City Basketball Club for claiming the GBL Division 1 Championships in both Men’s and Women’s competitions for the second straight year.