Semis live up to fans’ ex­pec­ta­tions

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bec Singh

THE ex­cite­ment in the lead up to the men’s basketball semi-fi­nals did not fail to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions last Thurs­day.

With fierce com­pe­ti­tion in both games, it was the ta­ble lead­ers the Stingrays and the ex­pe­ri­enced Red Devils that would face off in the grand fi­nal.

The semi-fi­nals opened with the Bar­ras tak­ing on the Stingrays with Stingrays as clear favourites.

Bar­ras were a bit slow to get go­ing in the first few quar­ters but started their come­back in the fourth quar­ter.

Althought it was a low scor­ing game, the de­fen­sive ef­fort from both sides was in­cred­i­ble with the game go­ing down to the fi­nal min­utes.

The Stingrays showed com­po­sure and were able to de­fend their nar­row lead with the fi­nal score 39 to 48. Bar­ras player Lach­lan An­thony scored the high­est num­ber of bas­kets a to­tal of 19 to give his team a chance for a grand fi­nal place.

To fill the fi­nal spot of the grand fi­nal was the evenly matched Red Devils after vers­ing the Blue An­gels.

Blue An­gels started their grand fi­nal pur­suit in fine form putting the first points on the board. They con­tin­ued their ag­gres­sion with a two pointer after a Red Devil foul.

The first two quar­ters saw the Blue An­gels tak­ing con­trol, but a shift in mo­men­tum at the start of the third quar­ter had the ex­pe­ri­enced Red Devils tak­ing con­trol.

Blue An­gels shoot­ing ac­cu­racy started to di­min­ish in the back end of the game and they missed cru­cial bas­kets.

Red Devils cap­i­talised on the Blue An­gels missed chances and stretched the mar­gin to five points. The Blue An­gels were not to be un­der­es­ti­mated, they found some form late in the game but the Red Devils proved too strong and will be headed to the grand fi­nal.

The fi­nal score saw the ex­pe­ri­enced Red Devils 56 and the Blue An­gels 50.

Blue An­gels' Jeremy Mackay ready to make a big play. .

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