Aces Sky bundle Bulls out of race
Aces Sky lived to fight another day after stunningly dumping Bulls out of the women’s A Grade finals race at the South West Sports Centre on Friday night.
Despite their 5-11 regular season ranking, fourth-placed Sky had all the answers during their 48-40 win.
The Bulls, who entered the match as warm favourites, began strongly, with Mckayhla Pomare excellent in the paint early.
However not deterred by their task, Sky gradually warmed to the contest and managed to get back into the game.
Sky’s coaching hierarchy would have been pleased with how composed their side was while stringing offensive possessions together.
Even when presented with two or three defenders in their face, Sky players, led by Anita Reca, held firm and pulled off arguably their finest win of the season.
Whether they will be able to back it up in the preliminary final on Friday night remains to be seen.
In the second semi-final, the Dunsborough Oilers secured a direct path to the grand final after toppling Tornadoes Black 58-53 in extra time.
Both sides had beaten each other twice heading into the match, however the Oilers — who had only seven players suit up against Black’s 10 — did not skip a beat.
With Beige Harris unavailable for the Oilers, it was left for others to fill the void and yet again, Adele East led the way.
Tipped to become the Printsync South West Slammers’ starting point guard next month, East showed experience beyond her years, which could be invaluable in the decider.
Over on the men’s side of the competition, minor premiers Tornadoes Black were upset 75-73 by Aces White.
In a match where trading baskets became the norm, White managed to secure a handy buffer late, with Riley Parker draining one from downtown to put his side up by five points.
Although they fell short, Black will have a shot at redemption against the Bulls in the preliminary final, after the reigning premiers took care of Aces Sky 79-69 in the first semi-final.
Success has followed South West basketball associations throughout the opening rounds of the BWA Country Championships in Perth and it was no different at the weekend.
Bunbury took out the under 16 boys championship after edging out Geraldton 48-41, with coach Paul Craig commending his players on their efforts post-game. In division three, Harvey showed plenty of poise in getting the better of Margaret River 35-31.
The BBA also won the men’s and women’s 18s titles after coasting past Mandurah and Manjimup respectively.
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