Round 18 Previews

North Adelaide Rockets (13-4, 1st) v West Adelaide Bearcats (11-6, 4th)

In the Match of the Round, the Rockets can seal the Minor Premiership, if they can overcome the Bearcats at Hillcrest.

In Round 17, the Rockets fell to Southern by 16. As a result, if the Rockets lose to the Bearcats and the Tigers beat Eastern, the Rockets will fall to second.

The Bearcats knocked off Forestville 92-85 to secure their spot in the finals. They are in a three-way battle for third spot with Norwood and Sturt.

Last time they met, the Bearcats upset the Rockets 105-99. Darrius Oldham (34 points) and Aric Miller (44 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 

Eastern Mavericks (2-15, 10th) v Southern Tigers (12-5, 2nd)

The Tigers can keep their hopes of a second consecutive Minor Premiership alive, if they can get past the Mavericks at Adelaide Hills.

In Round 17, the Tigers shook off league-leading North 101-85. They now hold the tiebreaker, should they and the Rockets finish on the same number of victories.

The Mavericks had a mixed weekend. They went down to South in a thriller on Saturday, but then gave themselves a slim chance of avoiding the Wooden Spoon, by beating Centrals 95-76. The Mavericks are a game behind the Lions, but now hold the tiebreaker.

Last time they met, the Tigers thrashed the Mavericks 100-68. Anthony Drmic (24 points) and Lachlan Barker (16 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 

Norwood Flames (11-6, 3rd) v Central District Lions (3-14, 9th)

The Flames will finish top-three and earn a double-chance, should they do what is expected and knock off the Lions at Campbelltown.

In Round 17, the Flames rose up the ladder behind an 82-51 flogging of Sturt. A loss could see the Flames drop out of third spot and fall to as low as fifth.

Talk about a fall from grace. Last Saturday, the Lions downed Woodville in overtime 83-78, breaking the league’s longest head-to-head losing streak. This was the Lions’ first victory over the Warriors in more than eight years, dating back to June 20, 2009. The next day, naturally, they blew a chance to condemn Eastern to the Wooden Spoon.

Last time they met, the Flames saw off the Lions 91-80. Jerrell Sanders (28 points) and David Humphries (17 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 

Sturt Sabres (11-6, 5th) v South Adelaide Panthers (8-9, 7th)

A victory for the Sabres against the Panthers at Pasadena could see them finish anywhere from third to fifth, depending on results from around the grounds.

In Round 17, a second-placed finish would have been within the Sabres’ grasp if they had beaten Norwood, but the outcome went the wrong way for them.

The Panthers gave themselves a shot at a .500 finish, thanks to a 97-91 victory over Eastern.

Last time they met, the Panthers produced perhaps the highlight of their season, eclipsing the Sabres 98-91. Eian Davis (27 points) and Sam Daly (22 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 

Forestville Eagles (8-9, 6th) v Woodville Warriors (6-11, 8th)

The Eagles will welcome the Warriors to Wayville, in what is the only fixture to have no impact on finals seeding.

In Round 17, the Eagles had one final chance to save their once promising season, only to fall to West. The Eagles have won just twice since they held first place after Round 7, when they had a 6-1 record.

The Warriors reign over Centrals came to a bitter end, as they suffered a heart-breaking overtime defeat.

Last time they met, the Warriors upended the Eagles 73-69. Luke Stanbridge (18 points) and Antonio Garrett (20 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 

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Eastern Mavericks (14-3, 2nd) v Southern Tigers (14-3, 1st)

In the Match of the Round, the Minor Premiership will be on the line, with the Mavericks hosting the Tigers at Adelaide Hills.

In Round 17, the Mavericks held off South 67-57, confirming a top-two finish as a result.

The Tigers also separated themselves from the pack with their 72-59 triumph over North.

Last time they met, the Mavericks shook off the Tigers 81-73. Alex Wilson (38 points) and Demi Skinner (17 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 

Sturt Sabres (11-6, 4th) v South Adelaide Panthers (2-15, 9th)

The Sabres can finally confirm their return to the finals, should they get past the Panthers at Pasadena.

In Round 17, the Sabres upset Norwood 81-75. In the past couple of seasons, the Sabres shot themselves in the feet late in the season by losing games they should have won, and missed out on the finals as a result. To steal one back like this shows the tide may have turned, and the monkey could be off their back, but they can ill-afford to get complacent. They must finish the job and defeat the Panthers this week.

The Panthers rallied late against Eastern, but it was not enough to prevent a 15th setback in 17 games.

Last time they met, the Sabres saw off the Panthers 73-59. Kate Gladstone (22 points) and Teonna Campbell (18 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 

Forestville Eagles (10-7, 6th) v Woodville Warriors (4-13, 8th)

For the Eagles to have any hope of playing finals in 2017, they must beat the Warriors at Wayville.

In Round 17, the Eagles stayed in the race for a top-five finish, thanks to a 72-58 conquest of West. An 11th win probably not be enough for the Eagles to sneak into an Elimination Final, as they must rely on South upsetting Sturt.

The Warriors are also coming off some success, having got one back on Centrals for their Round 8 defeat to the bottom-ranked side. The Warriors blew out the Lions 101-64.

Last time they met, the Eagles slid past the Warriors 91-85. Olivia Thompson (27 points) and Ashley Claussen (36 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 

North Adelaide Rockets (12-5, 3rd) v West Adelaide Bearcats (6-11, 7th)

The Rockets can guarantee themselves a top-three finish, so long as they emerge victorious against the Bearcats at Port Adelaide.

In Round 17, things did not go well for the Rockets, as they were not good enough for Southern. A win would have given the Rockets a shot at the Minor Premiership.

The Bearcats miserable year continued with a loss to Forestville. The Bearcats are assured of a seventh-place finish, after reaching the Grand Final only one season ago.

Last time they met, the Rockets soared past the Bearcats 74-48. Courtney Hansen (17 points) and Sky Langenbrinck (14 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 

Norwood Flames (11-6, 5th) v Central District Lions (1-16, 10th)

The Flames may look to empty their bench early against the Lions at Campbelltown, so as to keep their key players fresh for their premiership defence.

In Round 17, the Flames conceded the possibility of a top-three finish, falling to Sturt. As a result, the Flames must win four consecutive finals, if they are to complete a three-peat.

The Lions failed to complete a sweep of Woodville, leaving them with one last shot at doubling their win total.

Last time they met, the Flames burned the Lions 99-37.  Jessica Good (31 points) and Rhianna Stringer (17 points) were the leading scorers for their teams.

 




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