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Horsham Hornets, Ararat Redbacks primed for basketball finals

Josh Fiegert, Ararat Redbacks.

Josh Fiegert, Ararat Redbacks.

Ararat and Horsham representative basketball teams will play in the first finals series of a revamped Country Basketball League competition this weekend.
Horsham had already confirmed spots in north-west men’s and women’s division finals before last weekend, courtesy of top-of-the table finishes.
But Ararat’s men’s team, back in elite basketball this season after a long absence, clinched a south-west men’s division top-four finish at the death knock.
Country Basketball League officials reshuffled teams across the state this season, which meant Horsham and Ararat teams entered competitions with little knowledge of week-to-week opponents.
But after a fact-finding fixture, Ararat Redbacks will now play Colac Kookas on Saturday in a second semi-final showdown at Colac’s Bluewater Leisure Centre at 7pm.
If the Redbacks enjoy success this weekend, they will meet the winner of a first semi-final contest between Mt Gambier Lakers and Millicent Magic at Mt Gambier’s Bern Bruning stadium.
The Redbacks had been gripped in a battle for swinging final spots before beating Portland Coasters 67-52 on Saturday.
The visitors shared in spoils under the ring to secure the win, with Zac Dunmore, Jason Cameron, Jesse Poulton and Harrison Cronin all getting into double figures.
Cam Bruce drives around Dale Hickey, Horsham Hornets vs Maryborough Blazers.

Cam Bruce drives around Dale Hickey, Horsham Hornets vs Maryborough Blazers.

Horsham Hornets, meanwhile, will enjoy a home-town night of semi-final action at Horsham Basketball Stadium.
Double-header Horsham representation means the Horsham Lady Hornets will front up against Kyneton Tigers at 6pm, before the Hornets take on Maryborough Blazers at 8pm.
The winner of the men’s match will draw up battle plans against the winner of a second semi-final between Bendigo Braves and Mildura Heat at Bendigo Stadium.
If the Lady Hornets get through, they will face either Bendigo Braves or Swan Hill Lady Flyers in a grand final.
Horsham has already secured the north-west conference grand final regardless of semi-final results.
The Horsham teams have had a break from court action, either through byes or forfeits and should be fresh for the finals.
The Hornets’ last result was a 72-54 win over Mildura Heat on January 20 and the Lady Hornets’ last outing produced a 98-53 win over the Tigers on December 16.
Ararat Redbacks’ young women’s team, also making a comeback to representative basketball, finished the season in sixth position.

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