With basketball season kicking off this week, we thought we’d go down to the PCYC and chat to a couple of youngsters who might just turn out to be the future of basketball in Broken Hill, and perhaps even beyond.
The Nations of Origin tournament has fallen by the wayside in recent years, much like many sporting and non-sporting events since the pandemic struck in 2020. But the event made its return this year with a focus on reconciliation, education, cultural identity, and sport.
We spoke to 13-year-old Blake Bows and Kobi Woods, aged 12, two players who represented the local Barkandji side at the Nations of Origins tournament in Sydney.
Their side finished third in controversial circumstances, when a buzzer-beater to win the match was disallowed by the match referee.
“We were robbed,” Blake says, though the young point guard told us despite the result, “it was fun”.
Kobi, who plays as the big man role for his sides, has also been picked for the famous Broken Hill Broncos, something that Blake aspires to in coming seasons. “Maybe next year,” he reckons.
Both boys don’t lack confidence and have dreams of making the big time as they ascend through the ranks of the Broken Hill Basketball Association [BHBA].
We asked them who they model their games after and who they look up to in the game, and both were unequivocal.
“Kyrie Irving, because I shoot like him and I like doing his lay ups,” says Blakes.
Kobi says, “it used to be Ben Simmons, but not anymore because I can already shoot better than him.”
One thing is for sure, if these boys’ skill levels meet their confidence levels, they will go all the way to the top.