St Peter's slam dunk their opponents to claim win
THE most exciting finish yet in the 2013 Gloucestershire School Games came in the closing stages of the Under-15s boys basketball contest.
The first semi-final produced a final period turnaround with Thomas Keble leading 38-32 at the start of the final quarter, but finally succumbing to a resurgent St Peter's High School by two points, 44-42.
With Jack Shepherd and Oscar Dash fouled out of the game, Thomas Keble could not hold on to their lead and ten fourth quarter points from Bradley White saw St Peter's home to a thrilling win.
Balcarras School had an easier task against Newent School, winning 36-14 to book their place in the final.
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In the final, the scores remained close throughout, with St Peter's taking the first quarter 10-8, Balcarras taking over the lead at half time 27-23, and the scores tied 40-40 after the third.
St Peters' scoring was shared among seven players with Callum Bird and Tristan Chong leading on 12 points each.
Balcarras, on the other hand, were led heroically by Chris Gallagher who was the sole scorer for his team until the final seconds of the third quarter, and finished with an astounding 46.
As the teams traded scores in the final minutes of the game, Gallagher's feat was not quite enough for Balcarras, as St Peter's triumphed 53-52.
As befits such a contest, both schools will go forward to represent Gloucestershire in the Dynamik National Schools Championship.
The Under-13 boys' competition was hit hard by the weather, but Sir Thomas Rich's faced All Saints' Academy at Beaufort for a place in the final.
The first half was a tight, low-scoring affair with Sir Thomas Rich's gaining a 9-2 lead, with no further scores until the last two minutes of the third quarter.
Tommies then pressed home their advantage and with Tim Ranken notching 18 points, they won 30-14.
They now face a home tie against Thomas Keble School tomorrow.
The Under-14 girls' event was rescheduled as a triangular tournament when Newent were unable to travel because of the snow.
Both Pate's Grammar School and Stroud High School were too strong for Gloucester representatives Wynstones, winning 52-26 and 47-12 respectively.
The third game was considerably closer with Pates' captain Cara Dowaward leading the scorers on 14.
However, the all-round scoring efforts of the Stroud side say them withstand the Pate's burst to win 29-19.
Stroud now face Newent in a play-off to decide which team goes forward to the national rounds.