THE mouth watering clash between the respective ladder leaders in the South East Australian Basketball League is now just a matter of hours away.
The Castec Rural Supplies Mount Gambier Pioneers take on the Geelong Supercats at the Icehouse tonight and if you’re not there early, don’t expect to get a seat.
This is potentially the biggest game the Pioneers have played in the SEABL since winning the 2003 premiership.
Coach Richard Hill has moulded a squad together that believes in their own capabilities and trust in their teammates and are playing accordingly.
Eight wins from 11 outings this season and eight of those on the road, have set up a serious tilt at the finals come late August.
But for now, the Pioneers must take care of the Supercats, who are 8-2 and on top of the East Conference ladder.
This will be the first of two roster games between the Pioneers and the Supercats with the return bout scheduled for July 13 in Geelong.
Last year is history, but Geelong won 81-74 at the Icehouse and 96-79 at home.
A lot has changed since then and for the Pioneers, it’s all been for the better.
The inclusion of Tom Daly, Ben Allen, Titus Robinson and Lukass Blicavs has allowed the likes of Matt Sutton, Erik Burdon, Jan Warbout, Brad Hill and Kurt Russell to grow even further than their already enhanced reputations sat at.
The Pioneers enter tonight’s match on a three game wining streak, beating North-West Tasmania, Albury/Wodonga and Sandringham in a sizzling eight day blitz.
Geelong will be on the rebound after being surprised at home last Friday night by the Hobart Chargers 93-103 and will be out to make amends.
The Supercats’ starting five is likely to be Ash Cannan, Jamie Medved, Mike Mercer and either Dominic Friend or Nick Owusu and the Pioneers will have to be prepared to play from the tip-off.
Other Geelong team members tonight are likely to include Keith Harrison, Lachlan Headlam, Theron Wilson and Nathan Herbert.
In recent games, the Pioneers have been able to get away to good starts and that will be paramount tonight.
After tonight, the Pioneers will play 10 of the remaining 16 games on their home court which should give them an ideal platform to stage an assault on the finals.
Next Friday, Pioneers’ captain will be hosting a special breakfast at the Commodore-on-the-Park featuring three time Olympian Brett Maher as guest speaker.
Scheduled between 7.30am and 10am, the breakfast is open to all Pioneers’ fans and the general public.
For more information or to book tickets, contact Tom Kosch on 0438-838-186 or email: [email protected]南京夜网.au
Doors at the Icehouse tonight will be open from 6.30pm and tip-off is scheduled for 8pm.
MONSTER CLASH: Vice-captain Erik Burdon and the Mount Gambier Pioneers will play the Geelong Supercats at the Icehouse tonight in – arguably – the biggest game the club has experienced since the 2003 SEABL grand final