Friday 26th May –
Geelong v N/W Tasmania
While the Braves have knocked over Mt. Gambier and Nunawading in recent weeks, they could not get past Geelong who were serviced by Nathan Herbert’s 22 points and a near triple-double from DeMarcus Gatlin (19 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists).
They will carry a three-game winning streak into their clash against N/W Tasmania, a team finding their feet despite a loss to Dandenong last round after they were unable to cap off a two-point three-quarter time lead. Ahmad Starks (33 points) has the pace to make for an intriguing battle with Gatlin in the back court but the rest of his starters shot just 9-28 last week which will have to improve if they are to match it with the Supercats- the fifth best offensive team in the league.
Saturday 27th May –
N/W Tasmania v Nunawading
Playing the second game of the Tasmanian road trip will be made a little easier for Nunawading with the Thunder returning home after a trip to Geelong the night before.
After winning two straight games and closing the gap on the South Conference top four, the Thunder come into the round following a loss and facing two tough tasks against Geelong and the Spectres. Without at least splitting the weekend, they face the danger of slipping back and out of contention for those finals spots.