Lions roar past Ravens and into decider
BASKETBALL: The youthful class of Connor Brown and Raj Mtengezanwa helped Lions to knock out Ravens and progess into the Men Division One Men decider against Devolds on Saturday.
Lions won 67-57 with Brown (27 points) and Mtengezanwa, with 24, dominant.
Despite experienced guard Robbie Barnes fouling out with a quarter to play, Lions held on when under pressure and then pulled away courtesy of clutch points from Brown and Mzegenwana. Veteran Tim McDonald also had a ripping game for Lions while Dain Sheppard, Izaac Sealy (16 points each), Akashdeep Singh, with 14) and James Caddy (seven) tried hard to get the game into Ravens' terms.
Crusadors came from 15 points down against TTP to book its place in the men Division Two decider against Sharks on Saturday.
Nick Towner starred with 23 points including three triples for Crusadors in a shoot-off against fellow young gun Isaac Blackaby from TTP (24 points, three triples). Crusadors' Stephen Gill (14 points) was big when it mattered most while energetic guard Mick Towner shot 10 for the winners
Lions Fury thrashed Taipans 80-40 but due to player unavailability, cannot play in the Men Division Three decider. Cooper Rhodes (27 points), Josh Morfey and Dan Williams (19 each) were superb for Fury while Sam Wreide stood out with 27 points for Taipans.
Gladstone Amateur Basketball Association is currently working on a replacement team to play BITS Saints and whether or not it will be as a proper grand final.
See the full grand final preview in Saturday's The Observer.
All results and GF schedule is on HERE
Lions 67 (C Brown 27, R Mtengezanwa 24, S McDonald 8, T McDonald 6, R Barnes 2) d Ravens 57 (D Sheppard; I Sealy 16, A Singh 14, J Caddy 7, A Antony-Singaraja 4)
Crusadors 57 (N Towner 23, S Gill 14, M Towner 10, M Gill 4, K Towner; S Alloway; T Eldridge 2) d TTP 48 (I Blackaby 24, T Saldanha 12, J Zerner 8, J Whelan 4)
Lions Fury 80 (Cooper Rhodes 27, Josh Morfey; D Williams 19, Cameron Rhodes 7, John Morfey 6, M Finemore 2) d Taipans 40 (S Wriede 27, T Staats 7, D Donnelly 6)