NERVES got the better of the Cockburn Cougars during last week’s U14 Boys Club Championship in Floreat.
The team got off to a shaky start after finishing Pool B in third, going down to Keilor Thunder 89-33 and Gosford City Rebels 72-56, before beating the Darwin Cyclones 86-41.
They had slightly better luck in the shield rounds, beating the Sunshine Coast Rip 58-51 in game one before going down to the Canberra Gunners 65-51 in game two.
Despite losing their quarter-final game against the Tamworth Thunder Bolts 49-44, and their last two games to the Southern District Spartans 67-56 and the Northern Tasmanian Foresters 63-50 the Cougars finished eight out of 12 teams in the shield competition. Cooper Eves dominated around the basket, sinking had 105 points at an average of 13.12 per game.
Three other WA teams in Perry Lakes, Willetton and Joondalup took part in the competition.
Willetton were the most successful out of the four, winning the shield competition.