THE future of basketball in Mildura have returned home after competing in the Bendigo Classic last weekend.
Twelve teams, nine boys teams and three girls teams, took to courts all over Bendigo in three divisions.
A number of Heat teams made finals, with the Under 14 Girls and Under 12 Girls both making quarter finals in Division Two, the Under 18 Boys making quarter finals in the Championship
Division, the Under 16 Boys making semi finals in Championship Division and the Under 12 Boys making the grand final in Championship Division.
The Under 14 Girls, Division Two team lost to the Warrnambool Mermaids in their quarter final, 13 to 21. Pippa Anderson was top scorer for the Heat, with seven points. The Under 12 Girls,
Division Two team lost to the Wangaratta Warriors in their quarter final, 11 to 25. Abbey Kaeser was top scorer for Mildura, with eight points.
Our Under 18 Boys in the Championship Division stalled at quarter finals, beaten by the Bendigo Braves by 12 points, 57 to 45. It was despite the best efforts of RJ Watson (12 points) and Harrison Knights (nine points).
The Under 16 Boys in the Championship Division progressed to the semi-finals, before being defeated by the Ballarat Miners by five points, 47 to 52. Shaun Watson (13 points) and Salutu Felise (11) led the way on the scoreboard for the Heat.
Making it all the way to the grand final were the Jason Spratt coached Under 12 Championship Division Boys team.
The boys beat the Bendigo Braves in the semi-final (55 to 48) to progress to the grand final, where they met the Warrnambool Seahawks.
Despite best efforts from the Heat, they fell short of claiming the championship, 45 to 65.
Charlie Spratt was accurate under the basket for the Heat in the grand final, with 18 points, while Judd Russell (also with 11 points) and Will Allen played some tough defence before both being fouled out of the game.
Photos: ZOEY ANDREWS