Flames Grey have been crowned Karratha Basketball Association champions after stunning the Outlaws in a gruelling defensive game. The KBA grand final kicked off on Saturday night at the Karratha Leisureplex and saw the Outlaws go on a scoring blitz in the first few minutes to lead 6-nil. Undeterred, Flames Grey edged their way back into the contest, eventually taking the lead 12-8 at half-time. The second half got off to a fast start, with the Outlaws’ Steve Semeniuk and Thomas Malcolm scoring in the opening minutes to tie the game. Back-and-forth scoring followed, with the Flames Grey able to hold a game-high seven-point lead with eight minutes to go. In the end, Flames Grey were able to hold off the Outlaws’ desperate attacks to win the championship 32-26. It was a group scoring effort from the Flames, with Jake Levey bagging 10 points, while Lee Arif, Trent Dellorso and Jason Loveday finished with six points each. Joshua Friis was the top scorer for Outlaws with 10 points, and Malcolm had six. Dellorso said it was awesome to win and the team had spent six months preparing for the match. “It was a great feeling — there’s young kids coming through playing amongst us old veterans that are winding down,” he said. “Outlaws came out pretty hard and we had a few nerves to settle, but as we eased into the game it came naturally and was a battle of attrition out there.” Meanwhile, in the women’s division one final, Trouts Blue took down Northern Spirit Lyns in a nailbiting game. Neither side was able to get away from the other during the match, and the scores were tied with 40 seconds to go. Trouts held their nerve and were able to outpoint their rivals on the back of a foul with 17 seconds left. In the end, Trouts won the championship 29-27, with Daneele Ryan top-scoring for the winners with 14 points. In the other men’s division finals, Vipers took down Roebourne Villagers 32-21 to become the division two champions, and in division three, Vipers held off Redbacks 20-17 in a thriller. Northern Spirit Queens were crowned the champions after edging out Majick in a thrilling women’s division two final and in division three, Flames 3 Orange took down PM Trouts 23-22.