Aliah Bernabei shot 17 points for the Hawks against Copy Cats despite losing 41-39 in the women's semi-final.
Aliah Bernabei shot 17 points for the Hawks against Copy Cats despite losing 41-39 in the women's semi-final. Paul Braven GLA301016GBBALL

Crusaders make a grand statement against GPS

BASKETBALL: Crusaders are through to the Division One men's grand final after a hard-fought second semi-final win against GPS on Tuesday night.

In what is a possible grand final preview, GPS' Sam Jenkins, who shot a game-high 18 points, scored the first basket and that was the only time it led.

Crusaders' Stephen Gill landed a triple and his team had its noses in front for the rest of the game.

Big man Bevan Webb used his height and strength superbly to shoot 15 points while his Crusaders team-mates Stephen De Bruyn (14 points) and Gill (12 points, two triples) were prominent all night.

Sam Jenkins was best for GPS while centre Greg O'Brien shot 10 points and he showed his capacity from beyond the three-point arc with two triples.

Crusaders' grand final opponent will either be GPS or Lions Fury this Tuesday night.

Fury were down in each of the first three quarters before finishing the stronger to knock out Devolds in the other semi-final.

Foul trouble haunted Devolds down the stretch as did Port City Power under-23 players Mitch Glossop and Isaac Sealy.

The pair combined for 29 points while Johnathon Purcell chipped in with 11 points.

Devolds' Tony Bernabei tried hard with 14 points while influential Zac Jahn finished with nine before he was fouled out mid-way into the final quarter.

Meanwhile next Monday's knock-out semi-finals are between Devilicious and Hawks from 6.15pm and Lions Black take on Mummas from 7.15pm.


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