Geraldton basketball round 15 preview: Olympians clash with Pumas to hold second spot in final round

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Johny Narkle shooting a three.
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The final round has arrived in the Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association, with Olympians and Hawks both fighting to secure the final spot in the qualifying final in men’s division one.

Through 14 rounds, Chapman Valley have been the most dominant team in the league, not dropping a single game en route to a perfect 14-0 record.

Olympians, Hawks and Pumas are the three teams that will look to knock them off come finals time, but with one round to play, the team that will face them in the qualifying final is not yet set.

Currently it is the Olympians who hold the second spot on the ladder with a 9-5 record, and they will face the Pumas this week on Wednesday, who are guaranteed to play in the elimination final already.

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If the Olympians win then, they will secure their spot, but if they lose there is a chance that they could have to go through the elimination finals.

That is all depending on if the Hawks can be the first team to take down Chapman Valley, which they would need to do this week in the other Wednesday match if they want a chance to go through the qualifier in the finals.

The Tuesday clash will be the final game of the season for both Trades and Stateside, who were both eliminated from finals contention a few rounds earlier.

Stateside currently sit at 0-14 and this will be their final shot at grabbing a win this season, while Trades have turned their ship around of late.

Previously, Trades had just two wins that both came against Stateside but they upset both Hawks and Pumas in back-to-back weeks, and kept it tight against Olympians in the last round.

The final round for division one women’s took place on Monday night with a battle between the Pumas and Olympians for the second spot.

Both sides sat on six wins, but Pumas had more points due to Olympians being deducted ladder points for a forfeit.

The winner of the clash will go on to face Stateside in the first round of finals while the loser will take on Trades in the elimination.

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