National champs score trophy

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St Kevin’s College basketball team were formally presented with the BBNZ “A” Secondary School Men’s National Championship trophy at a school assembly yesterday.

The team’s fairytale journey ended in style earlier this month by downing Dunstan 68-50 in the Palmerston North final.

After being called back in to the tournament to make up the numbers following a series of withdrawals and a disappointing South Island regional competition in Westport, SKC produced a sterling display to take the top prize.

“You’re our team and we’re hugely proud of you,” said acting principle Kerry Ryan.

The players were then presented with their medals before captain Hamish Robertson and Nikko Kim were further commended by head boy Jibi Kunnethedam for their selection to the overall tournament team, Robertson was also presented with the tournament’s MVP accolade.

Coach Brendon Polyblank told the Oamaru Mail earlier this month of the team’s dedication and belief following the memorable win.

“It’s something to be proud of,” he said.

“It was our best performance as a team. We were the better team.

“These guys have a great attitude. The key is, they’re all good mates off the floor and there’s a harmony in the team.

“They all bought into what the team is about and the culture. They all came to every practice and worked hard. I ran them hard and they worked their butts off.

“We were the fittest team and proably the quickest.”

The students were also surprised by a recorded video message from Breakers star Dillon Boucher who passed on his congratulations.

By James Ford