Not even undefeated powerhouse Mount Gambier could stop the Colac Kookas from winning their second Country Basketball League championship in four seasons.
The Kookas saved their best basketball for finals, backing up last week’s comfortable semi-final win against Ararat with an 88-73 grand final win over Mount Gambier.
Officials awarded star Colac guard Lewie Varley with the best-on-court trophy for his 25-point performance, while restricting league MVP Kane De Wit to 12 points.
Two-time championship coach Keith Harrison said a defensive mindset proved the catalyst in the Kookas’ second title since 2015.
“The majority of the year, we were a side that could outscore anyone… anyone but Mount Gambier,” he said.
“So I had to look at the way the team was going, I made some changes and instilled that we had to become a defensive team.
“It was a lot of hard work but we spent eight weeks getting it right to give ourselves the best chance to win a championship.”
Mount Gambier tall Sam Stafford got the Lakers off to a strong start in Saturday’s decider, netting six of his 17 points in the first term to have his team up 15-13 at quarter time.
Early fouls to Colac centres Jacob Pupavac and Jesse Burn also had the Kookas on the back foot.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.