Sydney Schools Shootout-Grand Final @ Sydney Entertainment Centre- October 19. 6.10pm
Two strong basketball schools in Sydney, Scots College and Knox Grammar will battle it out this Friday night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre for the Sydney Kings School Shootout title. The Ken Cole Trophy (currently held by Newington College) will be up for grabs in the 5th year of the Sydney Kings Schools Tournament.
Scots College are the current GPS premiers and boast three junior Australian representatives, Gerard Martin, Obi Mbakwe and Isaac Humphries. Kai Healy played in the Australian U16- 3 on 3 team, whilst Brock Dries from Coffs Harbour and Luke Anderson from Dubbo led the NSW Country U18 team earlier this year.
Knox led by Sukhman Bhinder (NSW u18) is from the CAS competition and have an impressive program with a number of championships under their belt in recent years. Easily the underdogs for this clash, Knox will have nothing to lose against a powerful Scots line up with considerably more stars.
Scots and Knox fought their way through 6 preliminary games in four venues across Sydney in the recent school holidays. Forty teams entered the tournament with The Sydney Kings providing valuable support to the tournament, hosting the premier final and visiting all preliminary games
Steve Carfino said that the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Tournament is one of the highlights of the club’s social engagement program.
“Every one of the current Sydney Kings roster would have played in a tournament such as this when they were younger,” said Carfino, as he watched many of the preliminary games.
“It is at this grass-roots level where players develop their love of the sport and decide that they want a career in basketball. The boys who participate in the Sydney Kings Schools Tournament will also improve their basketball skills and make some excellent friends. It is a very positive outcome all round and one the Sydney Kings is very pleased to support,” Steve Carfino said.
Tournament Director, Phil Webster, said “It was very pleasing to see such legends as Steve Carfino, Bruce Bolden, Matt Weston and Ken Cole at the tournament. Our players still recognise Mr Magic and were thrilled to meet with him as he presented the Sydney Kings trophy to Patrician Brothers Fairfield in the development division final of the tournament”
The Premier Final Tip-off is 6.10pm and the game is a curtain raiser to the Sydney Kings v Cairns Taipans clash at 7.30.