NBL Grand Final an All-Victorian affair

NBL Grand Final an All-Victorian affair

The 2009 National Basketball League (NBL) Grand Final series will be an all-Victorian affair after the South Dragons defeated the Townsville Crocodiles to advance to the title round, where they will face cross-town rivals the Melbourne Tigers in a classic one versus two showdown.

The Dragons, who took out the minor premiership with a league-best regular season record of 22-8, defeated Townsville in the deciding Game Three of their Semi-Final series, 101-78, at Melbourne's Hisense Arena tonight.

The league's reigning Champions and this season's number two seed, the Tigers, had previously advanced to the Grand Final series after defeating the New Zealand Breakers 2-0 in their own best-of-three Semi-Final series.

The Dragons' victory tonight sets-up a clash of the top two ranked teams in the league, and the first all-Victorian NBL Grand Final since 1997, when the South-East Melbourne Magic (led by South Dragons current coach Brian Goorjian) defeated the Melbourne Tigers 2-1 in a classic three-game series.

The full 2009 NBL Grand Final schedule is below.  All games will be shown live on Fox Sports.

 2009 NBL Grand Final Series (best-of-five)

 South Dragons (1st) vs. Melbourne Tigers (2nd)

Game 1

Wednesday 4th March

Hisense Arena

7:30pm AEDT

Game 2

Friday 6th March

State Netball Hockey Centre

7:30pm AEDT

Game 3

Sunday 8th March

Hisense Arena

7:30pm AEDT

*Game 4

Wednesday 11th March

State Netball Hockey Centre

7:30pm AEDT

*Game 5

Friday 13th March

Hisense Arena

7:30pm AEDT

* = If required

By Marc Howard for BA Media