Atkinsons begin world challenge campaign with tight loss

August 10, 2017

Thamar Atkinson

Sophie Atkinson

Tyler Atkinson

A trio of Atkinsons are showcasing their talent on the world stage.

Cousins Tyler, Sophie and Thamar Atkinson are in Canada competing at the World Indigenous Basketball Challenge as part of the Maal-Ya women’s team.

The Goulburn Valley talents flew out to the tournament this week and began their campaign with a 52-45 loss against All My Relations (Team Vancouver).

Thamar did not take to the court in the defeat, but Sophie and Tyler were heavily involved as their side dragged a nine-point quarter-time deficit back to just a three-point margin at the final break.

In a low-scoring final term the home side managed to just edge out Maal-Ya, with Sophie scoring two points, securing one rebound and managing one assist.

It was young rising star Tyler who dominated proceedings though, with seven points (at 18.75 per cent scoring efficiency from the field), six rebounds and two assists.

The cousins are all heavily involved with sport in the region, with Sophie playing netball for Echuca United, Thamar playing basketball in Shepparton for the Black Eagles and Tyler spreading her workload across netball (Congupna), basketball (Shepparton Gators) and football (Mooroopna).

The tournament runs until August 12, with Maal-Ya facing Vancouver Strathcona in its next clash.

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