Lachlan Brewer powered Riverside onto a grand final victory on the back of a terrific tournament in the state high school championships.
The scoring dynamo exhibited his range of shooting in the semi-final against Queechy High as he dropped 24 points including a suite from mid-range and beyond the arc.
Aiden Gibson (13 points) and Lachlan May (11 points) were lively in attack as their side held the lead from first siren to last to seal a grand final spot. Max Hollister (17 points) and Oscar van Dam impressed (15 points) for Queechy but Riverside found easier points around the paint to win 58-47.
The other semi-final proved a tighter affair as St Patrick's rallied after trailing at every change to overcome Launceston Grammar 56-55. The interval margins never extended beyond two points as St Pats, led by Oliver Baldock (20 points), overcame a physical Grammar, led by Thomas Beaumont (15 points) in a high-scoring final stanza.
Brewer saved his best for last to notch 34 points in the boys' showpiece event as Riverside won 75-60 over St Pats in the grand final. Launceston Grammar rebounded strongly to win the third-place play-off over Queechy 40-36.
The trend of close finishes was continued by the Mount Carmel College and St Pats 1 semi-final in the senior girls' division.
Mount Carmel led at every change in the fixture as Coco Erin (18 points) shot beautifully only for their opponents to out-score them in the final term and provide a scare but Mount Carmel won 30-29.
Marist Regional College senior girls' side were no match for the St Brendan-Shaw College girls' green side as the latter secured a grand final berth 63-24.
SBSC girls' green had delivered a strong run to the finals, continuously over-powering teams in attack largely on the back of talented trio Claire Martin, Jayla McKenna and Macey McKenna.
Crawford (14 points) was in ominous shooting form from the beginning as Martin (16 points) led the scoring in their semi-final win.
It was Martin (16 points) who led SBSC to a deserved grand final victory as her side produced a high-scoring second half to secure the honours against Mount Carmel 45-31.
Martin's point-scoring feats were matched by Ella Tuit (11 points) who was in fine form from downtown as she nailed a trifecta of three-pointers in the win.
The third-place play-off saw St Pats 1 beat MRC senior girls' side 39-33 in a game which had the crowd on edge during a thrilling final term.
St Pats' Keely Morrison (14 points) all-round shooting game was on display as she narrowly pipped MRC's Zoe Drane (13 points) to lead all-scorers in the play-off.
SBSC also represented in the junior girls' grand final against St Mary's College green in an entertaining display.
Both sides had enjoyed winning runs heading into the main event including comfortable semi-final victories by double-digit margins to mark themselves as the two best sides in the division.
SBSC were never troubled as Lucy Aherne (20 points) and Luca Martin (18 points) starred to see them beat St Mary's 67-30 to seal the grand final.
Burnie High School flew the school flag in the junior boys' grand final as they squared-off against Marist Regional College for the divisional honours. Riverside took the third-place play-off over MRC 36-32.
Burnie were never truly challenged by MRC as they asserted control early with a seven-point lead at the end of the first term.
The dynamic duo of Jase Chapman (17 points) and Jaxon Reece (16 points) shot the lights out as they led Burnie to grand final glory with a 43-35 win.
St Patrick's College green overcame St Virgil's College in the third-place play-off to cap a respectable tournament from the Northern Tasmanian side.
Zane Headland (13 points) led the way for St Pats and all-scorers in the 45-36 win.
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