Tigers wary of ‘fit, fast’ Raiders side

Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser
Tigers' Tim Button attempts to get past Raiders' Jeff Fitzpatrick.
Camera IconTigers' Tim Button attempts to get past Raiders' Jeff Fitzpatrick. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Raiders under-18 development squad will be looking to book a place in their second straight Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade grand final when they take on Tigers in the preliminary final at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre tonight.

Last year’s champions survived a tense overtime victory in last week’s first semifinal to keep their season alive and face off against a Tigers outfit that went down by six points to Barking Owls in the second semifinal.

The sides have met twice in the regular season, Raiders claimed a 13-point win in February led by big man Hamish McMorran and Tom Edwards.

In November, Tigers ground out a four-point victory as skipper Tim Button poured in 12 points.

Button said his side was expecting a tough game tonight. “They’re a young, fit, fast team but we have an advantage with our height,” he said. “Last time they beat us shooting threes and with their press, so we have to focus on beating the press and working it inside.”

Raiders coach Darren Berry said the rebound count would be vital.

“They’re the most physical team in the competition, so we’re going to have to stop them getting those second and third opportunities,” he said.

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In the women’s A-grade preliminary final, Flames face Grammar Griffins with the winner progressing to the grand final against Magpies.

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