Kings facing a royal rumble - Sports News - Fanatics - the world's biggest events

Kings facing a royal rumble

By James Dampney 01/04/2003 07:08:14 PM Comments (0)

A team with the three best shooters in the league and enjoying its best defensive performance stands between Sydney and its first NBL championship.

The Kings reached their inaugural decider courtesy of a 2-1 semi-final win over Townsville and now faces Perth to decide the 2003 champion.

The Wildcats charged into the grand final with a 2-0 sweep of Wollongong.

With game one in Sydney on Thursday, Perth coach Alan Black has declared his Wildcats are ready after playing the best defence he has ever seen against Wollongong.

For a former Boomers assistant and championship-winning coach, it's a big statement.

"(It's) not even close. That's the best we've played defence," Black said.

"Since I've been coaching, that's been the best effort defensively that I can remember given the offensive talent of the opposition."

Adding to Sydney's woes, Perth's Stephen Black (44.6 per cent), James Harvey (43.9) and Ricky Grace (43.6) were the league's best three-point shooters during the regular season.

It looms as a tough ask for a Sydney team contesting its first championship series.

Did we mention Perth is also the league's best home performer?

Brought to you by AAP AAP © 2020 AAP

0 Comments about this article

Post a comment about this article

Please sign in to leave a comment.
Becoming a member is free and easy, sign up here.

« All sports news