Semis live up to fans’ expectations
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. .