Juniors are back on the basketball court

Serial contenders Huskies came up against cellar-dwelling Reptors in the first game of the round on Monday.

Reptors started well enough, but faded badly in the second quarter to be playing catch-up down the stretch.

Ably led by Peter Olsson and the frenetic Michael Steinhardt, they could not keep pace with the determined Huskies, Jesse Parsons in particular.

Huskies shook off the slow start to take a convincing 67-39 win to further cement their premiership credential in the lead-up to the pointy end of the season.

The second game of the night saw Thunderkatz enter the contest as underdogs to the ladder-leading Pelicans.

After an even opening stanza, Pelicans took the momentum through the second and third quarters and seemed to be grinding their way to the win on the back of Luke Hauser's play.

Determination on the defensive and offensive ends from towering Josh Bond and James Adkins saw Thunderkatz storm back into contention.

In the best game of the season so far, the teams ultimately could not be separated at the final siren, ending with a 55-55 draw.

The following afternoon saw a monster turnout for the beginning of the junior season after a long hiatus and successful sign-on period over the last few weeks.

The primary based competition proved particularly successful, with a large turnout of returning players and first time players.

The competition will be running over the next two months as the Basketball Association seeks to capitalise on players at the grass roots of the sport as the next generation of stars.

Any member of the Association's Junior Commission can be contacted via the club's website, as the sport continues to bounce back in Gympie.

Following the juniors on Tuesday evening was the women's competition, which has continued to strengthen in recent weeks, both in terms of numbers and standard as all players start to find their feet.