Hungry Bears on prowl
THE Bundaberg Bears will be aiming to cap a turbulent season and continue their semi-finals campaign when they play the Mackay Meteorettes in Gladstone tonight.
Despite the turmoil that engulfed the team at various stages through the year, the Bears have shown their resolve to finish the regular season with a 13-3 win-loss record.
Both teams progressed to the second round of play-offs with fantastic wins. The Bears did it with a come-from-behind effort against Ipswich and Mackay blew Rockhampton off the court in the first quarter and hung on for the victory.
Bundaberg Bears coach Brenton Edwards said his team was back on top of its game.
When the teams played in round 12 Mackay came out on top 88-64, but that's the last thing on the Bears' minds.
"There is such a good, positive feel around the girls at the moment," Edwards said. "It's a testament to the character of the players the way they have rebounded from some things this year.
"We have had our ups and downs but we know we can deliver when it counts."
When the team lost in round 12 two major factors contributed.
Inexplicably, Alice Honnery sat out the last two quarters and the Bears' shooting efficiency hit 28%, down from 40%.
The Meteorettes will be out for revenge after the Bears ended their season last year.
Edwards said the beginning of the game would be important.
"I really need my starting five to get us off to a good start," he said. "We can't let them get the ball inside and we have to cut down their three-point shooting.
"It will be a fiery encounter, with plenty of pride on the line."
The grand final is planned for Saturday night, when the winner of the Bundaberg and Mackay game will play Gladstone or Northside, who have also made it to the second round of play-offs.
A bus is travelling with the team, which will leave WIN Stadium at 4pm today.
The cost is $25 per person, which does not include entry to the match. Entry is $20 for adults and $10 for under-18s or pensioners.
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