LATROBE City Energy is bracing for a big weekend of finals basketball as the men and women vie to continue their campaigns in BigV’s division one.
The men claimed a two-point victory on the road against Warrnambool, which has secured them a home final against Geelong this Saturday night.
Captain Jarryd Moss said the team was keen to fill the Traralgon stadium, with tip-off scheduled for 6pm.
“We are hoping people can appreciate we have had an inconsistent season, we haven’t been playing that well, but you don’t win championships in the regular season,” Moss said.
“We are proven winners and hopefully the crowds come back again this (finals campaign), especially for this home game.”
The women will head to Balwyn High School on Sunday for a tip-off at noon, to face a strong Camberwell side that finished second in the regular season.
They come off a close victory over Mildura Heat at the weekend, which saw the women get the glory with a four-point win.
Head coach Andrew Harlow said it would take a lot of effort from the girls “to maintain integrity of the game”.
“We will have to play to our strengths and just try and nullify their influence as much as we can,” Harlow said.
“We beat them earlier in the year and the second time in the year they beat us.
“But finals are totally different and it’s a whole new ball game as far as we are concerned.”
Harlow is encouraging all family, friends and basketball supporters to travel to Balwyn North to get behind the Energy team “and make a lot of noise”.
Meanwhile Moss said he hoped to continue rewarding the defending premiers’ strong supporter base with home finals for the rest of the campaign.
“I just think for the first time in a couple of years, we are going into this finals series as underdogs,” he said.
“It’s different to how we have been in the past.
“Last year was a fantastic result, but this year if we are successful, it will be even sweeter.
“I just think our support has been fantastic regardless of the results.
“We thought at a point during the season, we wouldn’t reward the crowd with home finals – now we do have that chance to reward them.”