Barking Owls and Infernos face off in Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade grand final

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Kye Griffiths will be a key to Infernos chances in the grand final.
Camera IconKye Griffiths will be a key to Infernos chances in the grand final. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Infernos and Barking Owls will square off for the Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade title on Tuesday night.

The two sides finished in the top two at the end of the regular season and will now face off for the men’s A-grade premiership after the ABA made the decision to shorten the finals series, losing the semi-finals and preliminary finals.

Infernos will be chasing their maiden A-grade grand final victory and have beaten Owls in their two previous encounters this season.

Boasting a host of young talent, Infernos will be hoping to get big performances from Kye Griffiths and Yero Elliott.

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Griffiths averages more than 12 points per game and Keanu Weeden, who has only played six games this season, is likely to return to the Infernos line-up for the grand final.

Owls will be trying to avoid more grand final heartache, having made a host of A-grade deciders but only have two titles to their name in 2014-15 and 2013-14.

Led by veteran Justin Benson, Owls have the competition’s leading scorer.

Jordi O’Neill has scored nearly 300 points in his 11 matches this season and holds the key to his side offensively, while tall duo Hamish McMorran and Lucas Ravenhill will need to have big nights under the basket if their side are to upset Infernos.

In their most recent clash last Tuesday, Infernos claimed a 21-point win on the back 22 points from Griffiths but Owls were without O’Neill.

The two sides met in round seven where Infernos prevailed 76-59 despite a 26-point haul from O’Neill.

The men’s A-grade grand final will start at 7pm on court six on Tuesday night.

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