Home final hopes on the line

LEAP: Zach Atkinson takes on Ballarat's defence. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

LEAP: Zach Atkinson takes on Ballarat's defence. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

THE Bendigo Braves hopes of hosting a home final go on the line in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The Braves (9-10) are in fourth place on the South East Australia Basketball League's south conference ladder and take on third-placed Kilsyth (11-8) in something like a mini-final.

The Braves play Kilsyth twice in their remaining seven regular season matches.

Two wins over the Cobras would help elevate Bendigo into third place and a home final.

"We probably need to win at least six of our final seven matches to get third place," Braves coach Ben Harvey said.

"First of all we need to make sure we finish in the top four.

"To do that we need to start stringing wins together. We have been hot and cold.

"We had our best training session of the year on Thursday and I'm confident we are going to put in a good performance on Saturday night."

The women's clash on Saturday is the battle between the top two teams in the south conference.

The Lady Braves (13-5) are in second spot behind the Lady Cobras (13-5), with Frankston in third place on the same win-loss record as the top two teams.

The Lady Cobras have won their past three games, while the Lady Braves have been inconsistent, splitting their past four matches.

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