Piran, Llewyn Valli shine in Geraldton junior basketball, but Valley can’t climb over Pumas in boys’ under-18s

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Piran Valli gets around defender Kalan De Luca as Kyjuan Mill looks to screen.
Camera IconPiran Valli gets around defender Kalan De Luca as Kyjuan Mill looks to screen. Credit: Colin Sherman/Geraldton Guardian

Youngster Piran Valli put in a stellar performance in Geraldton junior basketball, helping his Hawks White team as they got across the line by a single basket.

Cousin Llewyn Valli stood out in the under-18s.

Playing in the under-16s, Piran drained eight two-pointers and also hit a three and two free throws to end with 21 points, nearly half his team’s total.

Hawks White beat Trades Red 45-43.

Teammate Steven Curley also made an impact on the scoresheet, sinking three shots from outside the three-point line and ending with 15 points.

Further up the divisions, Pumas held on to top spot in both boys’ and girls’ under-17 division one.

Pumas beat Chapman Valley Maroon 31-21 in the girls’.

Standout Mikenna Schultz went hard in the paint, scoring four free throws and adding two two-pointers for 12 points total.

Lailahni Tarapu sank a three-pointer and scored five points overall.

Pumas had a bye in the boys’ but second-placed Chapman Valley could not overtake them despite a win.

Llewyn Valli made nine field goals for the Warriors, scoring 18 points, as they beat Stateside 60-32.

Jaxon Graham scored 12 points, also all from the field, while Radley Patten scored 10 points including a three and three free throws.

Connor Westbrook scored 17 points for Stateside, including three threes.

Pumas will be back in action next round, the last one before finals, and will finish on top of the table as Chapman Valley have a bye.

Top side Stateside were to take on second-placed Trades in women’s division one on Monday night.

Pumas, in third, were due to face fourth-placed Chapman Valley.

In the men’s division one, top side Pumas were due to take on sixth-placed Hawks on Tuesday.

Second-placed Olympians were due to play fourth-placed Chapman Valley on Wednesday, while third-placed Trades were due to play Stateside.

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