Mitchell is hot shot
MITCHELL Elliot won the Hervey Bay Basketball Association Most Improved Player award in the men’s A grade competition last year.
Twelve months later the Maryborough teenager is getting better and better according to his team-mates.
The 16-year-old proved that by playing a leading role in keeping the Hotsteppas premiership-winning dream alive at the PCYC.
Elliot top-scored with 20 points as Hotsteppas beat Sportsfirst 67-49 in game two of the best of three grand final series.
The final score was the exact margin that Sportsfirst, the defending premiers, had won game one by a week earlier.
Andrew Preist got Hotsteppas, the minor premiers, off to a flying start in the showdown, scoring 16 points by half-time as his team raced into a 33-18 lead.
It was then time for Elliot to show his pace on court in the third and fourth quarters and he piled on some quick points in the fast breaks.
The competition’s leading point-scorer in the regular season, Kane Macready, was also on target for Hotsteppas, scoring 18 points.
For Sportsfirst, John Weiland dominated the boards and scored 18 points while team-mates James Chien and Steven Mead battled hard.
Macready said Elliot had again showed his talent.
“We’ve had Mitchell in our line-up for about three seasons now and he just keeps on improving all the time,” Macready said.
“He’s got plenty of pace and talent to go with it.”
The all-or-nothing decider will be played at the PCYC at 5pm on Sunday.
The B grade grand final will also be contested on Sunday between the minor premiers, Fraser Coast Baptist Church Saints and the Devils at 4pm.
The Devils won their shot at glory after beating Hornets 57-52 in the semi-final.
Devils led 29-27 at half-time thanks mainly to a couple of long range three pointers toward the end of the half by Rob Newman.
Shaun Eudice of Hornets found his range in the third quarter and finished the game with 14 points.
Adam Van Den Born (19) and Matt Elson (14) top-scored for Devils.