Eltham Wildcats 76 defeated Hawthorn Magic 74
B. Waldren 19 points/5 assists, I. Bonhomme 19 points, C. Cameron 11 points
Your Eltham Wildcats faced off elimination on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at Eltham High School. Going into the halftime break down by 10 points the Wildcats appeared to be down and out as the Magic were rolling and making all the right plays. The Magic would start the Third period scoring 4 quick points behind a Latham dunk and a Kirksey mid range jump shot forcing the Wildcats to call a timeout 42 seconds into the quarter. The Hawthorn lead would balloon to as much as 17 points and with four minutes remaining in the game they still held a 12 point margin. The Wildcats needed a miracle and that is exactly what they got. Locking down on defence and playing the passing lanes the Magic only managed to score 2 more points in the game while a Chris Cameron 3 point shot with 12 seconds remaining would put the Wildcats up by a point. The Magic called a timeout but could not get an open shot as the Wildcats would secure the win and force Game 3 the following day at Eltham High School.
Eltham Wildcats 77 defeated Hawthorn Magic 62
J. Aver 18 points, J. Sykes 15 points, J. Canovan 12 points
After a resilient comeback the night before the Eltham High School was a buzz on Sunday with crowds lining up and hour and half before tip off as the game would be another sell out. The Wildcats would lead from the get go as Josh Sykes scored a quick two points off a spin move to open the scoring. Eltham would win every quarter of the game as the Magic appeared tired after many of their players logged big minutes the night before. Hawthorn shot 5/36 from behind the three point line while the Wildcats closed the game and the series out to advance to the Grand Final series against the defending champion Ringwood Hawks.
Game 1 of the Grand Final series is this Saturday night at Eltham School (Tip off 7:30pm). Tickets have already been sold out (under two hours).