Taylor made for baskets

SMALL forward and Emerald under-23s captain Adam Taylor knows his way to the basket. He knows it so well that he was the second highest point scorer at the Central Districts Carnival basketball tournament earlier this month in Emerald's debut appearance.

Up against teams from Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton, Emerald held their own according to Taylor.

"We were contenders in every game, and I know the next time we play in this tournament we will do even better," 22-year-old Taylor said.

"In the third game was really put it together against Gladstone and it went to overtime. I scored 39 points which was great for me personally.

"We did well as a team but fitness was one area we all need to work on."

Coach Adam Jurd agreed with his star skipper, blaming the lack of fitness for the defeats.

"Skill wise we were able to put it together against the other clubs," Jurd said.

"But by the end of the fourth quarter the fatigue really caught up to us."

"Most games were very close so it was a great effort by the boys after three months of solid training.

"Taylor was the cornerstone of our group, our captain and leader. He is exactly the player that this young group needs.

"These boys have committed to make sacrifices in their lives to make a team that the juniors here can strive towards."

He knows this new comp will help their game.

"It was a tough comp, they had a lot of quality players," he said.

"Just playing competitive basketball was great to gage how we are doing and know where we need to do better.

"We will train hard and return to the comp stronger and ready for anything."

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