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Geraldton basketball round 13 preview: Battle for second place as final four teams are set

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The four teams playing finals have been set in men’s division one of the Geraldton Basketball league, but second spot in the qualifying final is still up for grabs.

With their win over Stateside last week, the Hawks grabbed the final spot that was there for the taking.

Chapman Valley have guaranteed their spot in the qualifying final with a so-far undefeated record, but it is a tight race between Pumas, Hawks and Olympians for the second spot.

All three teams have a 7-5 record and are only separated by a tight win percentage.

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The first round 13 match-up on Tuesday sees Pumas taking on the ladder leaders Chapman Valley.

Since returning to play after the break, Pumas have had up and down performances, with a 63-point win against Stateside two weeks ago and then suffering a 20-point loss to Trades, who previously only had two wins.

They sit at second on the ladder currently but will have to overcome an undefeated Chapman Valley to hold onto it heading into the final weeks of the season.

Wednesday sees the Trades side that picked up a third win going against the Hawks, while Olympians face-off against Stateside.

After starting the season going 7-2, Olympians have been on a three-game losing streak, with their last win coming in round nine against Trades. Now they face a winless Stateside as they look to get back in form before finals starts.

In women’s division one, the four finals spots have been set with Stateside, Pumas, Trades and Olympians all playing past round 15, but the order is still up in the air with just one game separating the four teams.

Their round 13 match was played on Monday night, when Trades played Olympians and Chapman Valley faced Stateside.

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