Big win for Yo­getit over ri­vals

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Last year’s men’s A-grade pre­miers Yo­getit have a chance to make it to a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive grand fi­nal win af­ter beat­ing ri­vals Mayuga Ma­jik in their semi­fi­nal game on Thurs­day.

Yo­getit had the edge against 2015-16 sea­son run­ners-up the Ma­jik for most of their match, though their op­po­nents made them work for it with a come­back at­tempt early in the sec­ond half when Yo­getit’s of­fence tem­po­rar­ily ground to a halt.

But Yo­getit out­lasted the on­slaught and stepped up again to ul­ti­mately get ahead by a com­fort­able eight points.

Mean­while, Trouts School were knocked out of the fi­nals race by Coral Trouts, who have turned their sea­son around in re­cent months.

Coral Trouts were com­pet­i­tive in an even first half but were four points down at half-time.

They came storm­ing back late in the sec­ond term when it most counted and hit their stride in the fi­nal five min­utes, edg­ing just far enough ahead of their op­po­nents to win 35-28.

A fi­nal two-pointer with 30 sec­onds left on the clock put the nail in the cof­fin for Trouts School and gave the Coral Trouts a shot at mak­ing the grand fi­nal should they beat the Ma­jik in a de­cider this Thurs­day.

Women’s A-grade side the Fal­cons ousted Pegy Fly­ers 30-13 and will play Mud Flaps on Thurs­day to de­ter­mine who faces first-placed team Hello Trouts in the grand fi­nal.

In the men’s B-grade top two semi­fi­nal, Prodigy got the jump on the Heat from the start and blitzed them with some sear­ing of­fen­sive play, send­ing them­selves into the grand fi­nal on the back of a 46-23 fi­nal score.

The Flak­ers and Vipers B-grade game was much closer, but Flak­ers proved too good and sent their op­po­nents pack­ing for the sea­son with a 27-16 win.

In the women’s B semi­fi­nals, Blaz­ers won a low-scor­ing thriller against the Hawks in which the teams were never more than a few points apart.

Hawks looked set for a win at three points up with five min­utes left on the clock, but as it ticked down to zero, Blaz­ers pulled out all the stops and edged one cru­cial point ahead with a shot from Jas­min Couzens. They claimed the game 12-11. Hawks will get a sec­ond chance at mak­ing the fi­nals in a game against Lady Fal­cons, who beat Goat Trouts.

All KBA grand fi­nal games will be held on Satur­day at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Blaz­ers' Ashanti Hicks goes up for a shot.

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