Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade finals start tonight with plenty of fresh faces

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Barking Owls' Justin Benson is a key player for his side.
Camera IconBarking Owls' Justin Benson is a key player for his side. Credit: Laurie Benson

In-form side Barking Owls will be eager to claim more silverware when the 2020-21 Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade finals start tonight.

Owls made the finals last season before COVID-19 ended the competition early, and before that lost the past two grand finals.

In a bid to reach another decider, they will clash with Sonics in tonight’s second semifinal.

New club Sonics will make their first appearance in the finals in their inaugural season after sneaking into the top four in the final round.

Sonics, Ambassadors and Denmark Magpies all finished on equal points but the final positions were determined by the head-to-head record, and Denmark were penalised for a forfeit.

Owls will start favourites in the clash after winning their past five games, including a seven-point win over Sonics a fortnight ago.

Sonics have won four out of their last five matches, and defeated Barking Owls in round six.

Meanwhile, Ambassadors and Denmark Magpies will face off in an elimination final.

Ambassadors will make their fourth straight finals appearance looking to secure an elusive title.

Heading into the final round, Ambassadors sat on top of the standings, but slipped to third after losing their last regular game.

New side Denmark Magpies will be up for the challenge in the sudden-death final after winning their past five games.

MEN’S A-GRADE FINALS

Second Semifinal, 6pm on Court 6 —BBBarking Owls v Sonics

First Semifinal, 7pm on Court 6 Ambassadors v Denmark Magpies

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