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Kings rule again but finals unclear

By James Dampney 22/02/2004 08:12:45 PM Comments (0)

The NBL finals picture remains unclear with one round left but one thing is certain - everyone is chasing the Sydney Kings.

Brian Goorjian's Kings (26-6 record) secured a second straight minor premiership with two victories in round 21 - a 124-94 win over Victoria on Wednesday and a 104-78 mauling of city rival West Sydney at the Pig Pen on Saturday night.

It is an outstanding effort for a franchise that had consistently disappointed since its inception in 1988 until last year's breakthrough championship.

"It's a fantastic achievement for the club, because the reputation of the Sydney Kings was that they weren't very good at the day-to-day grind," Goorjian said.

Top spot was assured when Wollongong succumbed to Brisbane for the third time this season, 118-112, behind a career-high 43 points from Bullets guard Stephen Black.

The Hawks (24-8) have sewn up second spot despite the loss, while Brisbane (4th; 21-11) can still grab third.

The Bullets need to defeat Sydney at home next Saturday and hope West Sydney (21-10) loses its last two games, against Townsville and Cairns, to take third spot.

Black, a former Wildcat and one of the recruits of the season, was humble after his 13-of-25 shooting effort.

"It's great to shoot 43 but at the end of the day it's the win that matters," he said.

With most of the attention focused on the top four, Melbourne has quietly worked its way into title contention.

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