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Relations between Jacob and Eddie remain strained amid celebrations in Sunshine. The arrival in town of a Talent Scout from the US convinces Eddie that he must face up to the mistake from his past in order to heal the wounded Jacob and free him to perform at his best. Eddie reveals all at the team’s Trophy Night and resigns in disgrace. Deng Deng realizes that Jacob has kept Eddie’s racist comments secret from his teammates and questions his friend’s desperation to achieve his goal at any price. I
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Eddie is the king of Sunshine, coaching the team on a winning streak into the finals – keeping Jacob’s US College basketball dream alive. Their relationship turns sour, however, when Jacob receives a VHS tape from an anonymous sender – the tape’s contents reveal Eddie from his playing days on a racist tirade with a black opponent. Eddie’s lack of remorse weighs heavily on a betrayed Jacob, affecting his ability to perform at his best.
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As Jacob returns the stolen Porsche, he is startled by the appearance of Elly Messina in the headlights. She gets in and blackmails him. Caught in an impossible bind, Jacob has no choice but to comply. Eddie is now the official Sunshine Kings coach and he proves a tough taskmaster. He takes his team on a quasi-military training camp – somewhat insensitive considering the war-torn background of his charges. An uneasy alliance begins to form between the players and their taciturn coach.
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A Porsche is stolen from a wealthy neighborhood by Santino, who arrives back in Sunshine to take his teammates for a joyride. But, by the end of the night, a young teenage girl from the affluent Messina family will be in a hospital fighting for her life; After another loss, Jacob decides the Sunshine Kings need a better coach. Jacob is determined to keep his dream alive: landing a US College basketball scholarship that will set him on the path to his ultimate goal: the NBA.
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Jacob Garanga lives in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine. Despite his poor upbringing, he is a talented basketballer with dreams of climbing his Biblical namesake’s ladder to heaven: the American NBA. Running parallel to Jacob’s sporting aspirations and life within Sunshine’s South Sudanese community is a criminal investigation. Police are hunting down the perpetrator of a violent assault, which has left a teenage girl from the prestigious suburb of Templestowe in a coma fighting for her life.
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