REPLAYS: Molten Champion Basketball Schools competition

WATCH the replays of four days of brilliant hoops action in the Molten Champion Basketball Schools Queensland competition.

Townsville's Ignatius Park College has claimed the title of Queensland's best high school basketball team after a dominant win over Cairns SHS in the Champion Basketball Schools Queensland competition.

BOYS FINAL SCORING

QUARTER TIME: Ignatius Park College 26 - Cairns SHS 7

HALF TIME: Ignatius Park College 51 - Cairns SHS 29

THREE QUARTER TIME: Ignatius Park College 72 - Cairns SHS 48

FINALS SCORES: Ignatius Park College 92 - Cairns SHS 66

HILLCREST TURN THE TABLES
In the game before, Hillcrest Christian College turned the tables on St Margaret Mary's to win the girls' championship after going down to the Townsville team last year.

Coached by New Zealand Tall Blacks and NBL great Pero Cameron, Hillcrest went on an 11-0 run in the first term to open up a 26-13 buffer at quarter-time.

St Margaret Mary's were not about to give up their dream of a hat-trick of titles and chipped away at Hillcrest's lead over the next two quarters but still trailed by eight points going into the fourth term.

Hillcrest - who boast a number of players from the powerhouse Gold Coast girls rep team that has swept all before it in recent times - put the pedal to the metal at the start of the final quarter with an 11-3 blitz allowing them to kick away from the defending champions to exact revenge for last year's loss in the final.

All but one of the Hillcrest squad will return in 2020 to put back-to-back titles high on the agenda.

GIRLS FINAL SCORING

QUARTER TIME: St Margaret Mary's 13 - Hillcrest Christian College 26

HALF TIME: St Margaret Mary's 38 - Hillcrest Christian College 46

THREE QUARTER TIME: St Margaret Mary's 55 - Hillcrest Christian College 63

FINAL SCORES: St Margaret Mary's 68 - Hillcrest Christian College 84

Check out Andrew Dawson's semi-final match reports below from the Saturday action and watch the full match replays.

IGNATIUS TOO GOOD

Ignatius Park is the first team through to the Molten Champion Basketball Schools Queensland top division boys grand final after beating Ipswich Grammar School 105-85 at Logan Metro.

Ignatius Park claimed semi-final 1 after leading from start to finish, although to the credit of IGS they cut deep into the deficit in the last quarter.

FULL REPLAY: Ignatius Park v Ipswich Grammar

It was Ignatius Park's first appearance in the final since winning in 2015.

Australian representative Boston Mazlin, coming off a 42 point haul in a qualifying round against GPS champions Terrace, was again influential in the Ignatius Park performance.

Mazlin said the team had done extremely well to make the final given limited training as a team.

He said it was also a young group with just three year 12 students so the future was exciting.

Mazlin said if the side played to it's ability it was a gold medal winning outfit.

CAIRNS SHS SLICK IN WIN

Giant killers Cairns SHS marched over the top of St Edmund's College and into the boys champion division grand final with a powerhouse semi-final victory.

The North Queensland outfit won 95-51 in emphatic manner.

While Cairns SHS's girls made the 2017 state grand final against northerly neighbours St Margaret's Mary College, the boys' team has never been to the big dance since the competition started in 1974.

Cairns SHS and St Edmund's both came from left field to oppose each other in this afternoon's semi-final.

FULL REPLAY: Cairns SHS v St Edmund's College

Before the tournament started BSHS coach Brett Sue See and Marsden SHS's Geoff Procter warned it was the type of competition where a team could come from the back blocks. And so it has turned out to be so.

"I am super proud," said Cairns SHS coach Brad Burdon.

"We struggle to get good competitive games up north and it is always a struggle to get into the tournament early.

"It is a wake up call. But as you saw we have plenty of talented kids who can mix it with the best of them down here in Brisbane.

"As the tournament has gone on we felt we have been getting better and better.

"That first half was a culmination of everything we have been working on."

Full marks to unheralded St Edmund's for stringing together a run and rising through the ranks to make it to within one match of the grand final. But they could not hold back Cairns who were an unstoppable force.

TOWNSVILLE GIRLS RULE

The St Margaret Mary's juggernaut rolled on when the Townsville-based side positioned itself for a defence of the girls champions division.

St Margaret Mary's beat Southport SHS 69-59 and Saints will be shooting for three state titles in a row on Sunday.

Southport SHS's role should not be swiftly diminished and it was an enormous task to firstly reach the semi-finals, and then compete toe-to-toe with the champions.

It was a thrilling finish as Southport closed the gap to four points late in the final term.

Southport never went away and St Margaret Mary's could feel their constant presence.

The score did not reflect the tension around the court, so close was the contest.

FULL REPLAY: Watch St Margaret Mary's win over Southport SHS

On the surface St Margaret Mary's has won the last two state championships, but this team is not those sides.

There has been a natural turnover of players and now a young group who have been coming through since under 10s is the foundation of the team.

Most players from the last year's winning squad are gone but the likes of class representative player Chalie Ward is leading the new guard.

Coach Alison Ward said the secret to St Margaret Mary's long lasting success was unselfish players.

"They play for the team and they don't care who scores," Ward said.

"They are just a really good bunch who play well together and get on well together."

She said Southport did a tremendous job on her team defensively but she was proud her girls prevailed.

"We are a very young group and we just have to give it our best shot tomorrow," Ward said.

HILLCREST'S SHOT AT REDEMPTION

History will repeat itself when Hillcrest Christian College faces St Margaret Mary's College in the girls champion grand final today at Logan Metro.

It will be a rematch of last year's Molten Champion Basketball Schools Queensland decider won by St Margaret Mary's.

The Saints were first into the grand final after accounting for Southport SHS while Hillcrest, with Katie Deeble at the wheel, beating a stoic Palm Beach Currumbin 71-56.

FULL REPLAY: Watch Hillcrest Christian's vs St Margaret Mary's

Players from both PBC and Hillcrest Christian College brought plenty of grit to the court and upped the ante in defence. Stakes were high.

Hillcrest Christian College was playing for redemption after missing last year's title while PBC was vying for an historic first time in the state final.

Hillcrest Christian College wriggled free of their rivals late in the second quarter and by three quarter time were leading, but not entirely safe, at 34-20.

PBC refused to go away and into the fourth quarter they fought on. PBC cut the lead to 52-44 and then 58-50 into the last quarter and Hillcrest had to maintain intensity to get the job done.


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