Burnley’s basketball team falls just short

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THE Cooke Fuel Under 14s CVL Basketball Finals were played at Shuttleworth College last week.

After an intense regular season and the semi-finals, Blackburn Bulls and Burnley were playing the little final, and Rossendale Raptors were against Southlands.

Burnley were coming to the final without a couple of important players, both missing the last couple of months due to injuries

Blackburn Bulls were the team in form and demonstrating in the last few games that they are now capable to challenge any team in this league.

At the end of an intense game, Bulls were the worthy winners beating fair and square a tired Burnley.

The big finals between Rossendale Raptors and Southlands was next.

Southlands have been the favourite of the tournament displaying a very effective and fast basketball while Raptors found new confidence in the last couple of matches.

The first and second quarter saw the game in the balance, Southlands able to stretch Rossendale defence and then falling a sleep for a while letting Rossendale to reduce the deficit.

In the third quarter everything changed and Southlands imposed their fats game leaving Rossendale stunned.

Despite the increasing points gap, Rossendale never gave up and tried a come back in the second half of the fourth quarter, a little too late.

Southlands were the winner at the end, crowning a very good season with some outstanding plays.

The coaches and organisers were impressed with a lot of players during this season and decided to give Most Valuable Player award to Matthew Berry of Southlands, a really impressive player.