WARRNAMBOOL Seahawks will meet Mount Gambier in the Country Basketball League semi-finals.
The Seahawks finished atop the south-west conference ladder after a successful final round double-header against finals-bound Horsham Hornets and bottom-placed Stawell Wildcats on the weekend.
The Barry Brooks-coached side will fight for a grand final spot against the Lakers at home on Saturday night.
Horsham and Colac will battle in the other semi-final.
“It is great to finish on top and great to win as many games as we did,” Brooks said of the 10-2 win/loss record.
“But it’s about doing things we’ve been training to do and how to extend that into the Big V season.”
A sluggish Warrnambool recorded a 72-54 win against a depleted Horsham at the Arc on Saturday night.
Horsham was without three of its starting five — Tim Pickert, Cam Bruce and Darcy Tucker.
Brooks said the Seahawks were below their best.
“We didn’t execute the way I wanted to,” he said.
“It was a scrappy affair, a tough one to get over.”
Brooks said Leigh Saffin (22 points) and James Mitchell (14 points) were solid contributors but that everyone was “patchy”.
Warrnambool thumped Stawell at St Joseph’s Primary School yesterday, 101-42.
Saffin caused headaches for the Wildcats’ defence, dropping a game-high 41 points.
The Seahawks had the game in their keeping by quarter-time.
They had a 25-point buffer and Saffin had 19 points to his name.
“It wasn’t about the score, it was about how we did things,” Brooks said of the comprehensive win.
Portland Coasters finished their season with mixed results.
The Coasters, out of finals contention, snared a three-point win against Stawell on Saturday night and suffered a narrow 66-64 loss to Horsham yesterday.
In the women’s section, a serious leg injury to Kat Aitkin soured Warrnambool Mermaids’ two wins.
The Mermaids crushed Horsham on Saturday night 75-58 and recorded a 56-50 against Stawell yesterday.
Portland was a comprehensive winner against Stawell on Saturday night 76-38 and defeated Horsham yesterday.