The St Kilda Saints put on their best performance of the
season and knocked out the more fancied Falcons in men's
A-grade basketball last night, winning the semifinal match-up
With the Falcons finishing the regular season with the best
record, most would have picked them to dispose of an
inconsistent Saints side.
However, the Saints played some quick-thinking and decisive
basketball to control the match-up in what was a tight
contest, worthy of finals basketball.
The Saints were helped by quick guard James Ross who
controlled the floor and continually set up his team-mates
with some well-placed passes.
When the pass was not open, Ross went up a gear and placed
some well-put jump shots into the net on his way to
top-scoring for his side with 23 points.
Team-mate Ollie Smith had a slow first half where he scored
three points, but stepped his game up in the second spell to
score a further 16 points, the last five through free-throws
to end the game.
The only down side for the team was the inconsistent play by
regular starter Tom Ingham.
Ingham threw up countless jump shots throughout the game, but
finished with only five points.
If the team is to really push the Magic this Saturday in the
final, it will have to hope for every player to step up and
cut out some reckless shots.
For the Falcons, Sam King once again wreaked havoc under the
basket on his way to leading his team with 23 points.
King tried to claw back the game for his team in the final
stages, but shots which dropped for him earlier in the season
The Saints will play the Magic in the final this Saturday at
3pm at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin.
- John McKenzie