Hard-fought first win for Champagnat

Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood have won an emotional grand final to secure the title of Metropolitan Catholic Colleges (MCC) basketball champions.

The boys’ B team took the court wearing black armbands after the sudden death of a classmate earlier in the week. But months of hard work paid off, and they defeated season rivals Marcellin 46-30.

The crowd then erupted and chanted ‘MVP!’

– Daniel Levitt

“In the first game of the season, Pagewood were upset by Marcellin losing by 15 points,” said sports co-ordinator Daniel Levitt.

“Throughout the season the team worked on their defensive pressure and ability to create structured offensive plays.”

The grand final game started quickly, and Marcellin took an early lead. But Champagnat player Ethan Prakash built momentum for the team with several key three-pointers.

Teammate Oscar Ten Brink then put Pagewood in the lead with just minutes left on the clock, and was later named MVP for his efforts.

Strong defence in the final minutes cinched the school’s first B-grade basketball win.

“One of the great moments of the game was late in the second half, with Oscar being fouled hard and still scoring the basket,” said Mr Levitt. “The crowd then erupted and chanted ‘MVP!’”

The team were coached by teachers Mr Andrews and Mr Raptis.

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