Team 1 All Stars' Chris Kraak.
Team 1 All Stars' Chris Kraak. LEEROY TODD

Gympie's All Stars take to the basketball court

WITH only five games left to play in the season, the Gympie Men's basketballers took a break and had some fun.

The evening consisted of a three-point contest, a skills course and, finally, the All Star game featuring two players from each team in the comp separated by the MVP votes thus far this season.

It all started with the highly anticipated three-point contest featuring:

- Aaron Godwin from Bobcats

- Eli Hancock from the Dinosaurs

- Darren Stevens from the Huskies

- Nigel Jenkins from the Pelicans

- Aravinth Nallathamby from the Reptors

- Aaron Lodder from the Thunderkatz

The first round ended in a draw between Aaron Lodder and Nigel Jenkins, forcing a showdown which ended in a draw once again.

By the time they got to the second showdown, their arms were weighing heavy and Jenkins came out victorious, only needing four long distance bombs to win. Lodder was runner-up.

The skills course consisted of a few mid-court obstructions to dribble around, ending with a passing target that needed completion prior to a free throw challenge.

From there they raced down through other obstacles to finish with a simple lay up - not so easy when you are racing against the clock.

The course featured:

- Jack White from Bobcats

- Zac McLean from Dinosaurs

- Brock Manskie from Huskies

- Josh Bray from Pelicans

- Cody Thoroughgood from Reptors

- Aaron Lodder from Thundkerkatz

After the qualifying round, Josh Bray finished with the fastest time of 33 seconds. Joining him in the finals was Aaron Lodder, Zac McLean and Cody Thoroughgood.

Aaron Lodder not surprisingly hit his stride when it counted taking advantage of early mistakes by Josh in his attempt.

Winner was Lodder with Zac McLean runner-up.

The All Star game featuring some of the best players this season lived up to all the hype.

Right from the beginning, everyone was relaxed and having fun, throwing all kind passes and plays.

Dunks from Anthony Brogden had fans and players in awe, while the play making and dribbling skills by match MVP Matthew Lally showed why he was chosen.

All players contributed the scoreboard and as expected, defence was not even a consideration.

The Second Team All Stars (players selected second from their teams) staged an upset as they defeated the First Team All Stars by a lopsided score of 111 to 86.

First Team:

- Darren Hooklyn from Huskies

- Michael Steinhardt from Reptors

- Nigel Jenkins from Pelicans

- Steve Wilson from Bobcats

- Chris Kraak from Dinosaurs

- Imran Harun from Thunderkatz

Second Team:

- Luke Hauser from Pelicans

- Anthony Brogden from Dinosaurs

- Pete Olsson from Reptors

- Leeroy Todd from Huskies

- Josh Bond from Thunderkatz

- Matthew Lally from Bobcats.

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