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Papua New Guinea

Butibum Bees book first grand final spot

LAE BASKETBALL

Defending Lae Basketball Association premier men’s champions Butibam Bees have booked the first grand final spot defeating arc rivals NS Busu 69 -64 last weekend.

Butibum took sweet revenge with that semi final win after Busu beat them twice in regular season games.

Led by ever green guard Jordan Geasa and consistent good performances by Bobby Hoggling, Marx Boussougou, Apelis Stafford and Noah Giali the Bees will be tough to beat in the grand final.

Coach Casey Stafford also have the services of top players Ashley Boussougou, George Gware Junior, Samuel Gears, Mathew Joumkalop, Joel Giali and Russel Stafford at his disposal should he need to use a full strength side.

The Bees will now stand tall to defend their 2017 title awaiting either Busu, New Dawn or Unitech Bulls.
The do or die match between New Dawn and Bulls was called off with 25 seconds left, with the teams locked at 37 points each.

The winner of this game will meet Busu to determine who challenges Butibum for the 2018 championship.

The Lae Basketball Association has rescheduled the rematch of New Dawn and Unitech Bulls to this
Saturday and the winner to play NS Busu on Sunday.

New dawn young guns Manu Aaron, Ryan Tetemo, Darren Odis and Jeff Gelam Junior will look to stop the varsity team. Bulls will be led by seniors Nelson Thom, Michael Nao, Sandy Katusele, Namana Okana and Cameron Wangiomie.

While Bulls young stars Raphael Arpa, Nobert Odis, Amos Bobo and Edward Kosi will be very hard to stop as well.

In the premier women’s fixtures, NS Busu booked the first grand final spot after it was deemed they forfeited South’s who did not turn up for that game. Busu will now try to avenge their grand final loss to Unitech Bulls last year.

However they are likely to meet defending champions and dubbed queens of Eriku courts Unitech Bulls, who trashed Exodus and will look to comfortably beat South’s on Saturday to meet Busu in a replay of the 2017 grand final.

It will be another exciting weekend of basketball at the Eriku Courts where the 2018 grandfinal spots will be confirmed.

Finals gate fees are K2 for adults and K1 for students, and LBA is calling on all supporters to be well behaved and advises that no alcohol or illicit substances will be entertained inside the basketball court premises.

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