Welcome to the Southern Basketball League
Saturday July 25 2015
All games at Kingston Sports Centre
Premier League Men
Grenadiers v Breakers 7.30pm Show Court
Premier League Women
Clarence v Grenadiers 6.00pm Show Court
Phoenix v Kingston 4.30pm Show Court
Phoenix v Kingston 3.00pm Show Court
Click here to watch Livestats for Finals
April Players of the Month
Sinclairs Fitness, 51 Collins Street in the city, are proud to support the Southern Basketball League. This season each month, a male and female player of the month will be chosen. The players will receive a pair of fantastic Peak shoes for their efforts. The winners for April are Antonio Moffitt (Clarence) & Kathleen Scheer (Kingston)
Prelim Finals REVIEW
Heading into the final week of the SBL its time to take a look at the Preliminary Finals heading our way this Wednesday night.
Mens – Phoenix V Breakers
Phoenix went through the regular season with only 1 defeat, this defeat came back to haunt them in the Semi Final, as Grenadiers claimed their second win of the season over Phoenix, and the direct path to Saturday nights Grand Final. In the pre season reviews, it was noted that Phoenix’s fortunes relied heavily on the health of their ageing squad, and how far they go into the post season will be controlled by that fact. Craig Johnson missed the semi with knee problems, and Phoenix struggled, once tired, to move the ball easily into offence. In the end, the younger, quicker Grenadiers players overcame a large half time deficit to post the win.
Breakers have made their way to this point the hard way, rarely putting a full squad on the floor in 2015, Tiri Masunda often deciding to rest his body after big games on the NW coast Tuesday nights. Masunda and BJ Radcliffe will run the scoring against Phoenix, it will be seen if the younger players in Ruben Oates and Jack Marston can compete on the boards with Corey Davie. Phoenix has had the upper hand in all the meetings thus far in 2015, but with a Grand Final berth on the line in this one, the stakes are at there highest.
Phoenix by 2 in a cliff hanger
Womens – Phoenix V Grenadiers
With the women’s roster suffering from the sudden withdrawal of all Hobart Chargers imports, the final series has been somewhat of an anti-climax. With Kingston, Phoenix and Clarence all around the mark in round 15 to lead into a very exciting final series, the unbelievable decision of the Hobart Chargers to remove all of their import players from the local league has basically ruined the 2015 women’s roster. Kingston, certain finalists, failed to win a game after Kathleen Scheer was removed, Phoenix, minor premiers, lost Klara Wischer, and with that, the chance for a group of 15 & 16 year old kids to develop and challenge for a title in 2015. Clarence, with their “Local” import Kate Berry have now made it to the Grand Final, and would be the short priced favorites.
Phoenix will not have the height to challenge Grenadiers around the boards on Wednesday night, and will be unceremoniously dumped from the final series after being favorites and minor premiers. A more than interesting look at the “community connection” the Chargers claim to have with the local Basketball community.
Grenadiers by 15