Landmark celebrated by Bulldogs

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Bury St Edmunds Bulldogs celebrated a landmark 30 years of basketball in the town with a senior tournament, junior game and presentation evening.

The Old Cannon Brewery Gunners beat Team Brazilia, Team Curve Motion and Team Bury Golf Club to take the Andrew MacDonald Senior Tournament, thanks to the hot outside shooting of Arron MacDonald, Seb Benford’s ability to get to the basket and the inside presence of Billy Smith, the tournament’s most valuable player (MVP).

The Mark Knight Junior All-Star Game was also tightly-contested, with MVP Adam Hughes helping Team MVP Magazine to beat Team Always Ballin.

The Bulldogs’ first team finished third in Division One, while the under-14s provided the highlights of the year, winning all of their matches, including beating their league’s all-stars by more than 100 points.

Presentation honour roll

Under-14s: Most improved player of the year: Dylan Elomri; defensive: Tom Ford; offensive: Adam Hughes; players’ MVP: Billy Godsmark; Coach’s MVP: Harry Wicks.

Under-16s: Most improved: Peter Bryan; defensive: Isaac Grainger; offensive: Hayden Grainger; MVP: Ed Spurling.

Senior second team: Most improved: Jacob Griffiths; defensive: Neil Thompson; offensive: Jon Kay; players’ MVP: Arron MacDonald; coach’s MVP: Jon Kay.

Senior first team: Most improved: David Baulcomb; defensive: Ashley MacDonald; offensive: Billy Smith; players’ MVP Billy Smith; coach’s MVP: Seb Benford. Chairman’s award: Ashley MacDonald. President’s award: Glenn Collins. Coach of the decade: John Symons (1980s); John Drury (1990s); Andrew MacDonald (2000s). Player of the decade: Andrew MacDonald (1980s); Mark Knight (1990s); Chris Dixon (2000s).