Oscar Berry (left) breaks clear of a rival during their match at the weekend.
Oscar Berry (left) breaks clear of a rival during their match at the weekend.

Berry offers taste of future

BASKETBALL fans can expect some explosive action from Oscar Berry one day if he has his way.

The 11-year-old was among the players in action at the Byron Bay Basketball Association junior tournament on Saturday.

Berry, a student at Byron Bay Public School, took the sport up a year ago after watching YouTube footage of American great Michael Jordan performing his famous slam dunks.

The Byron Bay-based junior said he hoped to emulate the legendary star and perform some of his own explosive on-court manoeuvres one day.

"I like the slam dunks he (Jordan) was doing," Berry said.

"He hangs on the hoop.

"I wish I could do that.

"I like the training and I like hanging out with my friends."

Promising players from across the region took part in Saturday's latest round of competition.

The competition features matches for primary and secondary school pupils.

Matches are played every Saturday morning at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex Multi Purpose Facility.

Meanwhile, basketball juniors around the region can still register for a helpful coaching scheme.

Byron Bay Basketball Association's Summer Basketball Camps aim to provide useful tuition for players from under-12 right through to under-18s.

Former Sydney Kings and Melbourne Tigers star Thalo Green, who has hosted previous coaching sessions in the region, will oversee the event. Places are now open for the three-day camp which will be staged January 20-21. Under-12s can attend another session on Friday, January 24.

Action takes place from 9am-3pm all three days and the session is at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex.

For more information, email info@byronbasketball.com, call 6687 2246 or visit http://www.byronbasketball.com.


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