Hornets and Black Magic secure grand final play-off after Kununurra Basketball Competition semifinal victories

Stephanie SinclairThe Kimberley Echo
Jojo Hart played a dominant role for Black Magic.
Camera IconJojo Hart played a dominant role for Black Magic. Credit: Stephanie Sinclair/The Kimberley Echo

Hornets and Black Magic set up a grand final showdown on Tuesday evening after securing semifinals victories in the Kununurra Basketball Competition.

Hornets — who finished first on the ladder — battled the fourth-placed Drifters in the first semi, showing why they are the competition’s top team with a dominant first half which gave them an eight-point lead.

Drifters clawed their way back in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Hornets, who walked away with a six-point victory, 26-20.

Gilbert Cox nails a shot for Black Magic.
Camera IconGilbert Cox nails a shot for Black Magic. Credit: Stephanie Sinclair/The Kimberley Echo

Third-placed Black Magic hit the court against the second-ranked Warriors in the second semifinal, asserting themselves as grand final-worthy competitors with a 13-point win, 33-20.

Black Magic’s Eric Cox and Javia Taylor were dominant in attack, peppering the goals and nailing several three-point shots despite valiant efforts from the Warriors’ defence.

Hornets and Black Magic will play off in next Tuesday’s grand final, with the undefeated Hornets to go into the match as favourites.

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