THE Bendigo Braves were shock losers, but the Lady Braves claimed a first SEABL conference title in six years at Bendigo Stadium tonight.
The Braves' season came to a shuddering halt in an 85-79 loss to Dandenong in the east conference men's final.
Scores were level 40-all at half-time and it was the visitors who controlled the second half.
Dandenong outscored Bendigo 26-19 in the third quarter and held-off the Braves' late charge.
Rangers big man Tony Lewis was outstanding with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Dandenong captain Andrew Harms top scored with 24 points.
Ivan McFarlin started in blazing style for the Braves but after a heavy fall in the second term was limited in his influence.
McFarlin still racked-up 18 points and 23 rebounds.
Vice-captain Kevin Probert almost lifted the Braves to victory in the dying stages and finished with 15 points.
Tom Garlepp, who was ejected in the final seconds after disputing a travel call with the Braves trailing by three points, top scored for Bendigo with 19 points.
Dandenong will play Mount Gambier in next Sunday's championship match.
Earlier, the Lady Braves overcame a slow start to clinch their first conference title since 2007.
The Lady Braves only scored 17 points to half-time and trailed by 11, but flicked the switch after the long break.
Renae Camino, Heather Oliver and Lauren King led the comeback.
Camino finished with 18 points, Oliver had 16 and 12 rebounds, while King drained 13 with nine boards.
The Lady Braves will play Knox - featuring Spirit stars Kelly Wilson and Gabe Richards - in next Sunday's SEABL championship game in Dandenong.