Region's talent hits top gear in friendly
GRIMSBY basketball players showcased their skills in a thrilling friendly fixture.
An end-to-end tussle between Grimsby Gators and Grimsby Snaprats Under-19s ended in a 77-71 triumph for the senior outfit.
Talented Snaprats 18-year-old Jean-Louis Plaajties netted 42 points, while Jason Munroe was the top-scorer for the Gators, with 33.
Snaprats coach Rob Russell, who refereed the game, said: "It was a pulsating game where the balance swung to and fro.
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"It was nip and tuck – only six points separated the teams at the end of the match.
"In basketball, that is a small gap.
"Basketball is growing again in Grimsby and these two teams proved there are no barriers for age and ability.
"The overall winner was basketball."
The friendly was organised ahead of the launch of a South Humber League.
The young Snaprats, whose team ranged in age from 15 to 19, took the first quarter by 14 points to ten. But the Gators hit back and were up 42-31 at the halfway mark.
The Snaprats, spearheaded by Plaajties and the solid Paul Dempsey, turned the tide and launched an impressive fight-back to reduce the deficit, but the Gators held on.