Young basketballer shines on national stage

Colac’s Brady Hall, 12, pictured in action for the Vic Country Bushrangers’ under-14 outfit at the weekend. The Southern Cross Challenge was Hall’s first state outing in basketball.

Strong defensive skills and an ability to nullify his opponents are features of Brady Hall’s game which appeal to his state basketball coach.

Colac’s Hall, 12, wrapped his under-14 Southern Cross Challenge campaign with the Vic Country Bushrangers on Monday, and his coach Scott Ramsey said Hall was influential in the team’s results.

The Bushrangers won three of their five pool games but lost both finals matches across the four-day tournament.

“We played Brady as a power forward; he’s a little undersized to be ideally that player, but just through the makeup of the team it was the best fit for his skillset,” Ramsey said.

“He had to compete against bigger, stronger bodies and really play taller than he is, and he did a hell of a job.

“He was certainly a player who had influence in how we performed across the tournament.”

Scoring 53 points across the tournament, Hall also recorded the Bushrangers’ second-highest points average, 8.83.

Ramsey said Hall’s most impressive performance was in the final game of the tournament, when he restricted South Australia Metro Blue’s best player from influencing the game.

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