Mount Gambier upstages Colac

Jacob Pupavac scored 16 points for the Kookas in their loss at home.

Mount Gambier has robbed the Colac Kookas of a final-round win on home soil, but the Kookas remain upbeat after securing a top-two finish.

Colac went down to the Lakers 63-69 at Bluewater Stadium Saturday night, but captain Sam Barrow said his side was happy with its overall performance.

The Kookas finished the home-and-away roster placed second, with Mount Gambier taking top spot with nine wins.

“We were up by about 10 early in the match; we played really good basketball but we just weren’t hitting shots later in the game,” Barrow said.

“Mount Gambier made some really good plays and some really good shots, we were getting some good looks but we just couldn’t hit our shots unfortunately.

“It’s good to play good competition, but it was good to see where we’re at, especially coming into finals in two or three week’s time.

“We’ll hopefully see them again.”

Jesse Burns was influential for Colac, netting a game-high 18 points and taking 12 rebounds.

Jacob Pupavac was also in form, contributing 16 points.

Barrow said Kooka’s coach Keith Harrison was happy with the team’s performance, and that Colac would focus on consistency and intensity before their home court first semi final on February 3.

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“Keith was rather happy, any loss is a little disappointing but there were a lot of good signs there, they’re things we know we can work on,” he said.

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