NWBL Semi Finals

NWBL Semi Finals

The Red Dust Heelers will play in the Grand Final after defeating the Wollongong Roller Hawks on Friday night while the Kilsyth Cobras' victory over RSL Queensland Spinning Bullets has seen them advance to tonight's Preliminary Final.

An incredible triple-double from Brad Ness (29 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists) carried Red Dust to the win while he also nailed both three-pointers for the side. His 12-21 shooting helped the Heelers to 50% shooting from the field as well, compared to Wollongong's 37%.

After a tight opening quarter, the Heelers pulled away in dominant second and third quarters to extend their lead to 19 by the final change. The Roller Hawks never gave in, cutting the margin in the final period before falling 58-74.

All five starters reached double-figures to complement Ness' efforts, with Adam Deans (10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists) also starring.

For the Roller Hawks, Brett Stibners was a scoring machine with a game-high 38 points to go with 14 boards and five assists while Luke Pople atoned for 2-15 shooting with seven points, five rebounds and seven assists.

Wollongong will now face Kilsyth in the Preliminary Final after the Cobras fought off the Spinning Bullets to win 83-76.

Trailing by 11 at the final change, RSL Queensland cut the margin to one point with less than four minutes remaining. Joshua Allison provided a cool head for the home side though, scoring five of his seven points down the stretch to secure the victory.

Tristan Knowles was the game-changer, having a hand in 28 of Kilsyth's 37 baskets as he recorded 29 points, seven rebounds and 16 assists. Shawn Russell (22 points, eight boards, three steals) and Daniel Del Toso (14 points) were also efficient at the offensive end, combining for 17-27 shooting (63%).

Jordan Bartley (31 points, 12 rebounds, five assists) fought bravely for the Spinning Bullets while Agustin Alonso (18, nine and 14) fell just short of a triple-double but was hampered by 12 turnovers.

Wollongong and Kilsyth will clash tonight at 5pm with the winner to meet Red Dust in the Grand Final on Sunday at 1pm while the loser will play off for third place against the Spinning Bullets at 11am. Both matches will be available to watch via Basketball Australia's YouTube Channel.