DANDENONG coach Darren Perry is confident his side can continue its giant-killing run in Saturday night’s SEABL east conference grand final against Bendigo.
The Rangers have thumped Sandringham and Geelong by 18 points in their two play-off games and they’ve now set their sights on Bendigo on Saturday night.
“We’ve had our challenges throughout the journey, but all you can do is get out and play the game,’’ Perry said on Thursday.
“When you get to this part of the year everybody looks at your record across the journey.
“Teams with better records should arguably do well, but these games are just one-game series.
“If you play well on the night you can win the game.
“The game against Sandringham was level at three quarter-time, but we played better in the final quarter.
“Then against Geelong we started well and kept them at bay. We’ve just been playing good, solid basketball.”
The Braves and Rangers split their two regular season clashes.
The Braves won their round 10 clash in Bendigo 92-77 on the back of a 28-14 second quarter.
The return bout in Melbourne was a thriller, with the Rangers holding on 100-95.
“In the first game we took too many perimeter shots in that second quarter and the Braves rebounding power in McFarlin and Garlepp took over,’’ Perry said.
“The win we had against Bendigo in round 16 probably was the game that our team made a statement.
“It reminded everyone that we were still capable of beating any team in the league.”
Tickets are still available for Saturday night’s grand final double-header at Bendigo Stadium.
The Bendigo Lady Braves meet the Sandringham Sabres in the women’s east conference final at 6pm, with the Braves-Rangers game to follow at 8pm.
The winners of Saturday night’s grand finals advance to the SEABL championship game in Melbourne on September 14.
The east conference champions will battle the south conference champions for the overall title.
The men’s south conference grand final will be played on Friday night in Mount Gambier where the Pioneers host the Nunawading Spectres.
The women’s south conference final will be played at Knox on Saturday night where the Raiders host the Ballarat Rush.
The Knox side will be led by Bendigo Spirit stars Kelly Wilson and Gabe Richards.