Ballers do battle

Mid Canterbury’s Ben Pearson under pressure from the Buller defence.

Teams from around the South Island have descended on Ashburton this week for the U13 Southern Regional Basketball Championships.

The tournament, which boasts 32 teams across four grades (two boys and two girls) will play out over three-and-a-half days at the EA Networks Centre.

Mid Canterbury Basketball is well represented at the tournament, with one team competing in each grade.

It was a tough start to the tournament for the local teams, all suffering heavy losses in the first round.

The Mid Canterbury Boys A team started off their tournament against Canterbury Metro White, going on to lose 71-45.

The Mid Canterbury Boys B team faced off against South Canterbury A in their first game, and went down 102-33.

Over in the Girls A Grade, Mid Canterbury A lost 86-12 against North Canterbury Maroon.

In the B Grade, Mid Canterbury B went down 80-27.

Today will be another busy day for the Mid Canterbury teams, playing a total of eight games, with the two tipping off in the early game at 9am (Mid Canterbury Girls B vs Marlborough and Otago Blue vs Mid Canterbury Boys B) and one game tipping off at the late time of 7.30pm (Mid Canterbury Girls A vs Otago Gold).