Cliffa bid to sink Pirates in gold grand final
CLIFFA player Gefferson Anciete has no doubt his team will rely heavily on the scoring ability of Josh Cremasco and Jay Figuracion in the Warwick Basketball Association gold grand final tomorrow at WIRAC at 7.30pm.
Many of the Cliffa team, which includes players from Warwick, Clifton and Toowoomba, are playing their first season in Warwick.
Cliffa qualified for the grand final after an eight-point victory against Big Boy Ballers in a semi last Wednesday, which had four time outs in the final two minutes of play.
Cliffa will play Pirates in the gold grand final.
Cremasco has been the leading scorer all season for Cliffa and had two slam dunks in the semi-final.
Figuracion is usually the second leading scorer.
It won't happen this week as Big Boy Ballers have been eliminated but Cremasco had a family battle of his own last week against brothers DJ and Sam.
In the other semi-final last week, Pirates made sure they boosted their fitness playing with the bare five in a 40-29 victory against Armchair Legends.
"It was a tough game," Pirates player Andrew Stubbings said.
He wasn't claiming favouritism for the grand final.
"It has been a good even competition this season, every team has beaten the other teams," he said.
Grand finals will be played tomorrow night in gold (A), silver and bronze grades.
In silver, ACF will do battle with Knights at 6.30pm.
Mighty Ducks will play Shooting Stars in the bronze grand final at 5.40pm.
Men and women play in the same competitions although gold is predominately played by the men.
Association president Lehi Clark said basketball had the most teams in club competition in the past decade.
"We have 18 teams this season with four in gold, nine in silver and five in bronze," Clark said.
"The aim for next season is to grow the bronze competition and grade some players into higher grades. We have two new teams keen to play next season so we may look at a second night."
See previews in the Daily News tomorrow of silver and bronze grand finals and see results and photos later in the week.