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Classic challenge for duo

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June 09, 2018

Jordan Michel will play for the Bendigo Junior Braves’ under-16 boys side.

Two of Shepparton’s brightest basketballers are in action at this weekend’s National Junior Classic in Melbourne.

Jordan Michel and Boston Dowling’s club teams qualified for the marquee event, which will see some of Victoria’s highest-ranked teams battle the pick of the rest of the country’s best sides.

The tournament takes just 16 teams from each division — from under-12s to under-18s — showing A-grade prospects.

Michel will play for the Bendigo Junior Braves’ under-16 boys side, which has a 7-2 record in the Victorian Junior Basketball League Victorian Championships.

It has been a big season for the youngster, who has already debuted for the Shepparton Gators.

The invite-only classic runs from today until Monday at the State Basketball Centre, as well as the Dandenong Basketball Stadium.

Michel’s side will face Dandenong, Hills Hornets and Sturt Sabres in the group stage.

Dowling will also compete with some of the nation’s finest talents, playing for his Hawthorn Magic under-14 team.

The Magic snuck into the tournament, sitting fourth in the VJBL with just the top four sides qualifying for the classic.

His side, coached by multiple-time NBL champion Marcus Timmons, will play Sydney Comets, Werribee Devils and North Adelaide in the first round.

Rising star Dowling is also a member of Basketball Victoria Country’s regional academy program.

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