SENIOR TEAM 2015 - 26th Annual Marist Basketball Championships On Sunday, 21 March the Senior Team headed to the annual Marist Basketball Carnival, which was held in Perth, Western Australia. We had an early start leading into a 6 hour Flight and arrived in Perth which would be home for the next week. Overall the week was extremely successful with the team place 3rd at the end of the championships. This result is our highest since 2012 and is especially pleasing as the team is well placed for future success in 2016 with 7 yr11 students and 1 yr9 students and 2 yr12's. The boys should be commended for their efforts competing in 8 games over 4 days. Game 1: against Marist Regional College Burnie it was an easy game for a superior team Canberra winning 54 -36. Strong games by James Toohey 18 points, Pat Cross 8 points, Nick Cubit and Jack Bartholomeusz both scoring 12 points each. The boys then headed back for some recovery that included a refreshing swim in the Indian Ocean. Game 2: After a huge win against Burnie the boys were ready for another good game against Catholic College Bunbury. The final score Canberra 76, Bunbury 39. Stand outs were Jack Bartholomeusz and Zac Maher dominating and Ronan Busing scoring his first points for the MCC senior team. James Toohey 19, Sam De Sousa 12, Zac Maher 10 Game 3: The boys a bit weary from the games before and received a wakeup call when we came up against the hosts who came out firing. James Toohey and Ronan Busing were the standouts combining to hit 4 3's in a row to help defeat Newman 50-36. James Toohey 23, Sam De Sousa 11 Game 4: The boys were pumped up from the day before and proceeded to dominate Warragul, with Tyrone Mohamed and Zac Maher firing to combine to shut down Warragul's guards and Jack Bartholomeusz playing above the ring to the crowd's amazement. Canberra 53-30. Tyrone Mohamed 10, James Toohey 21, Jack Bartholomeusz 13. Game 5: After a convincing win against Warragul we took on Sale Catholic College. The end result was 60-32 With Pat Cross and Nick Abbot proving hard to guard and Aidan Barnet finding his range deep in the corners with 2 quick 3's. James Toohey 22, Zac Maher 8, Pat Cross 8, Nick Abbot 8 That night the boys settled in for a barbeque in Kings Park. The parents were treated to an evening of music and singing by the boys. On Wednesday, the boys were treated to a rest day and was a rest took to bikes and set about finding Quokkas on Rottnest Island. Game 6: Sacred Heart College with a slow start the boys were down at the half time break by 6. After a half time speech from the coaching staff the boys stepped up a gear and won the third quarter, with Nick cubit proving hard to guard. The end result was 5348 loss. James Toohey 18 points, dominating and top scoring for the game. Game 7: Semi Final Saw us playing previously undefeated Marcellin College Bulleen. Pat Cross and James Toohey dominated early and in the end defense and size was the difference with Marellin's 6'8, 6'7 and 6'6 forward line proving too big - As the game went one Marcellin did not get any smaller! Canberra losing 58 -32. James Toohey proving hard to guard with 18 points - starting the game with 3 consecutive 3's forcing Marcellin to face guard him for the remaining 3 quarters. Game 8: Saw Canberra play off for 3rd and 4th against a tough team from Traralgon. This didn't faze any Canberra boys with Sam De Sousa and Aidan Barnett playing in their last game at the Marist championships. Nick abbot and Pat Cross stood up and did not disappoint. Nick Abbot, Sam De Souza and Zac Maher stepped up in a physical encounter. In the end they were too good for a young Canberra team winning 52- 32. James Toohey 24, Pat Cross 14 That night we headed to the presentation dinner. The championship teams and runnerups were presented along with team MVPs, Marist all star 5 and player of the tournament. A congratulation goes out to James Toohey for taking out Marist Canberra's MVP and All star five. James finished the tournament averaging 20 points a game hitting 26 3's over the week. We would like to thanks our Coaches and Manger Mr Luke Crocker and all the parents we supported us during the week.