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MEN’S SEMI-FINALS PREVIEW
Thursday, August 2, 2018

MEN’S SEMI FINAL PREVIEW

 

SEMI- FINAL ONE

Ballarat Miners (13-7) v Geelong Supercats (14-8),

MARS Minerdome, 7.00pm Saturday, August 4 

Form

Despite a hard-fought battle that went into overtime, Ballarat lost the first qualifying final to the Nunawading Spectres. After a gallant effort on the road, the Miners will be keen to secure their 7th win at home this season.

In a spectacular show, the Geelong Supercats defeated NW Tasmania Thunder by 22 points, adding to their 4-game win streak. Shooting 52.0% from the field, Geelong dominated the game from the tip-off and never seemed in down of securing the win.

X-Factor

Ballarat: Although known for his defensive skills, Sam Short will need to be a force on offence this week if the Miners are to continue in the Finals Series.  Short was one of four players to play over 40 mins last week against Nunawading, and recorded his highest point total for the season with 20 points.  Another high scoring performance is sure to lift the Miners chances of victory over Victorian country rivals Geelong.

Geelong: John Davis was the Supercats’ leading scorer with 33 points in their round four loss, and will need to produce another fine performance this week to help his team secure the win.  Despite playing against taller opponents on a weekly basis, Davis has been a major threat inside the paint with his athleticism and skill.

Previous Meetings This Year

Round 4

Ballarat 97 def. Geelong 88

@ MARS Minerdome

Overall

A lot has changed with both teams since their round 4 clash at the Minerdome. Leading scorer for the Miners in that game, Davon Usher is out for the season with injury and Geelong have added club legend Nick Owusu into the team.  The loss of Usher has added increased offensive pressure on Hooley and King-Davis, and both will need to be at their best again this week.  The Supercats team are well drilled with a wealth of experience, and capable of causing the upset.

                            Points               Rebounds         Assists

Ballarat            Hooley 19.9        Fox 11.7               Hooley 5.3

Geelong            Davis 20.6          Davis 10.9           Herbert 3.2

 

SEMI-FINAL TWO

Kilsyth Cobras (15-6) v Bendigo Braves (12-9),

Kilsyth Sports Centre, 7.00pm Saturday, August 4 

Form

Kilsyth Cobras lost the second qualifying final by a close two points, and will need to regroup after a disappointing end to the game.  Losing home court advantage in the Preliminary final is going to hurt the team, but it was only their third loss at home this year.

Bendigo Braves’ impressive 22-point win over BA CoE secured their spot in the semi-final. Shooting at 51.4% from the field during the second elimination final will boost the Braves confidence heading into another do or die final.

X-Factor

Kilsyth: Owen Odigie, the league’s best defensive player will likely get the task of containing the Braves sharp shooter and 2016 MVP Jeremy Kendle, a task that Odigie is extremely capable of completing.  Jeremy was the only Braves player to score more than 13 points in the round nine clash between the two teams so if the Cobras can contain his offensive input the Cobras chances of securing the victory will be boosted.

Bendigo: Indiana Faithful has had an inconsistent season, but has shown promise.  He will need to lift his scoring output this week, but also be solid on defence against the Cobras talented point guards in Sam Daly and Sean McDonald.  Faithful has averaged 9.5 points this season but has scored 20+ points on two occasions, so can be a threat on offence.

Previous Meetings This Year

Round 9:

Kilsyth 89 def. Bendigo 66

@ Kilsyth Sports Centre

Overall

Although the Cobras have the confidence of having defeated Bendigo once already this season, the playoffs are a different ball game and Bendigo have a wealth of experience.  League veterans Chris Hogan and Taylor Bell have hinted at retiring again after this season, but coach Ben Harvey is hoping to get another three games out of them.  Both players will need to produce a quality game and support the Braves import duo of Turner and Kendle if they are to secure the win.  Kilsyth will be hell bent on not losing in straight sets and are sure to come out in this game fired up and determined to secure the win.

                           Points               Rebounds         Assists

Kilsyth             Turner 19.4        Patton 7.3           Patton 3.5

Bendigo           Kendle 23.5        Turner 11.0         Kendle 5.2