Manjimup Basketball Association named its senior 2021 champions on Friday night with a handful of thrilling games. In the top men’s division, the Hawks came out on top against the Barracudas in a high-energy, fast-paced showdown. The Barracudas came out firing and took an eight-point lead, keeping their opponents scoreless for the opening minutes. However, the Hawks were able to find some rhythm and get up by seven points before half-time thanks to some sharp-shooting and a late intercept which led to an open layup for Tom Mills. The Barracudas were not keen on giving up early, though, and managed to bring the margin back within three points after some shots fell for Jakeb Burford. The two sides felt evenly matched on the night, but the Hawks were able to take advantage of the Barracudas not having any substitutes, and kept rotating rested players off their bench. With fresh legs, the Hawks took the lead back out to 10 points with just three minutes left in the game. Some dominant offensive rebounding from Hawks’ Ryan Gandy kept them in front for the dying minutes, to eventually win by 11 with a final score of 48-37. Brettney East was named most valuable player of the match. The top women’s division grand final was much more one-sided but equally exciting. The Lakers put on a show in their 25-point victory against the Aces, led by scoring machine Adele East, who was deservedly named MVP. The Lakers started hot with an eight-point lead, which they were able to push out to 21 by half-time. Although the Aces fought hard to get back in the game, the Lakers were too strong and finished on top at 47-22. In other results, the Senators were named champions in the women’s reserve division as they dominated the Saints 31-9. In the men’s B-division, the Hawks came out on top against the Wolfpack, finishing 29-19, with the Titans victorious against the Senators in the women’s B-division, 23-16.