I hadn’t been to a basketball game before and I have to say I had a lot of fun.
I even witnessed an alley-oop which was pretty cool!
The best part was beating the Boomers. Being a pessimist when it comes to New Zealand sport, I was expecting New Zealand to lead all the way through the game, until the last few minutes when Australia would come back to win – something that’s not so common in these trans-Tasman encounters.
Apart from the booing every time the poor Aussies took a penalty shot, the atmosphere was brilliant.
They had Pacific Island drummers building up the suspense whenever the Boomers took possession. The announcer said they weren’t supposed to play during the game but they soon ignored that; not that anyone minded except perhaps the Australians!
The crowd really got behind the Tall Blacks, and they didn’t let us down, taking away the Al Ramsay Shield with a record breaking margin in the 100-78 score.
What could have made the night better was if I was in one of the special seats where there was catering. Mmm hot nibbles and a glass of wine…