Tigers leap to amateur basketball finals
TIGERS are the first team into the Gladstone Amateur Basketball Association division one men's decider after finishing strongly to defeat Devils 49-38 in Monday night's semi-final at Kev Broome Stadium.
After trailing by just one point at halftime, minor premiers Devils faded over the final two quarters and will now face Lions 2 for a spot in the decider after the latter held out Lions 1 83-69 in the other semi-final.
In a physical clash, Devils made the early running against Tigers courtesy of brothers Daniel and Tarron Green who between them scored all 15 of their side's first quarter points.
Tigers responded well, getting the ball inside for Nick Such to do some early damage and help level the score at 15-15 at the first break.
The second period was equally as tight with Tigers leading 27-26 at halftime courtesy of a three-pointer to Ray Cooper on the buzzer.
Tigers lifted in the third quarter with the Tigers taking an 11-point lead (42-31) into the final stanza.
Both teams muscled up in the final quarter with the points drying up as defence dominated ? both teams combining to add just 12 points.
Glen Chapman, Mick McVicar, Cooper and Such all played strongly for Tigers while Devils will need other players to step up and help the Green brothers if they are to reach the final and make a play for this year's title.
Devils will have to halt Lions 2's progress after the latter's victory over club-mates Lions 1 in a high-scoring minor semi-final.
Lions 1 led early through an inspirational Aaron Nagas, on his way to registering 34 points, before Lions 2, led by Josh Gill, picked up the defensive intensity in the second half of the match.
Mark Kelly posted 26 points for the victors while Peter Antic contributed 21 for Lions 1.
Lions 2 83 (Mark Kelly 26, Tim McDonald 16, Josh Gill 16) def Lions 1 69 (Aaron Nagas 34, Peter Antic 21) Tigers 49 (Glen Chapman 12, Mick McVicar 12, Ray Cooper 10) def Devils 38 (Tarron Green 19, Dan Green 7)