SALE Sonics and Maffra Eagles will play Country Basketball League semi-finals tomorrow night.
The Sonics men will host the Churchill Blue Devils at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, while the Maffra women will head to Moe to take on the Moe Meteors. Both matches will begin at 7pm.
The winners will progress to the Gippsland conference finals at Churchill the following Saturday.
After reaching the semi-finals last season, the Eagles have a good chance of surpassing that result.
Jazmin Allman (averaging 14.92 points per game), Bree-Anna Alexander (10.23) and Jessica Adams (10) have been among the major contributors in the Eagles’ charge towards the finals.The Eagles have defeated the Meteors in both their meetings this season.
The other women’s semi-final will be between Traralgon and Churchill.
Saturday night will mark the first time in three years Sale has participated in the finals, and even longer since hosting a home final.
The Sonics will be looking to go through to win their second championship since the current version of CBL has been running. Their first was won a full decade ago, when it went through the 2005 season undefeated.
The Sonics will have to first get past a strong Churchill side which is the reigning champion.
The Sonics beat the Blue Devils at home in round one, but went down by nine-points away in the final home and away match.
The Sonics are confident going into the game as star player Mem Bektas returns from injury along with Marcus Cope and Andrew Quirk.
Sonics’ coach Billy Hughes and Blue Devil Jordan Canovan, who finished winner and runner-up respectively in the state shooter award, will be players to watch.
In the other semi-final, Warragul will host Western Port.