Watson team blitzes basketball comp

This article has photo gallery Published on CPL Max Bree (author), ABCSO(U) Tara Byrne (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Watson, Basketball

Able Seaman Electronic Warefare Jakeb Morrison, dribbles the ball down the court during the final game of HMAS Watson vs Army held at the All Sort Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, Alexandria, Sydney. (photo: ABCSO(U) Tara Byrne)
Able Seaman Electronic Warefare Jakeb Morrison, dribbles the ball down the court during the final game of HMAS Watson vs Army held at the All Sort Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, Alexandria, Sydney.

A rampaging HMAS Watson basketball side took out Navy’s east-coast basketball competition for the first time in competition history on 12 July; a victory made sweeter by their clean-sweep.
 
The Watson team was led by basketball prodigy Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Jakeb Morrison in its defeat of a US Army team.
 
Able Seaman Morrison first took to the court aged five and has been playing for the past 17 years.
 
“Some teams were tougher than others. The lowest margin we won by was seven points in the grand final,” he said.
 
“It was good to just see everyone out and about, running up and down the court and enjoying themselves,” Able Seaman Morrison said.
 
He was surprised to see a US Army team among the eight sides playing for the Oberon Shield at Alexandria in Sydney.
 
“I didn’t know Army would be in the comp, and to come up against them in the grand final was interesting,” he said.
 
“Half way through they had a surge and we thought they were going to come back and take us, so we had to ramp things up.
 
“We thought they were going to be pretty fast and strong, but we managed to shock them and come out on top.”
 
Watson 
ended up soundly defeating the Army side 22-15, despite not having trained together before hitting the court.
 
“There were people I was just meeting and playing with for the first time,” Able Seaman Morrison said.
 
“I said ‘as long as we stay positive then things will pay off’.
 
“They were all low-scoring games but given the time-frame to get ready and the level of playing, it wasn’t too bad.”
 
But Able Seaman Morrison didn’t expect the undefeated record that was awaiting the Watson side.
 
“It was a bit of a shock; I didn’t know what level the teams would be at,” he said.
 
“I heard before we started that Watson’s name wasn’t anywhere on the shield at all, so it’s good to get our first win.”