Warzone! ...Knights face off with Slayers, Rebels battle Warriors in NBL semis
The National Basketball League gets into high gear tomorrow when defending champions Urban Knights go up against two-time winners St George's Slayers in the semi-finals at the National Arena at 5 p.m. The second semi-final at 6:45 p.m. will see UWI Runnin' Rebels going up against Pembroke Hall Warriors.
With experience players such as Paul Oliphant, Fernando Young and Omar Barnes in their ranks, Urban Knights will start as favourites. And despite losing their regular season game to the Knights, Slayers coach Rohan Robinson believes his team is gelling at the right time and he expects nothing but a win tomorrow. "They are no pushovers. They are well coached. They have a young team but they beat us already this season, so we can't take them lightly," Robinson said. "But everybody is coming to give their best. We are ready and we are coming to play."
Although Urban Knights defeated the Slayers earlier in the season, Robinson's team take heart from the fact that they won the Southern Conference title and looked stronger during the play-offs.
"Based on what we have been doing, everybody thinks we need to be more consistent, but by winning the Conference, a lot of things changed. How they handle things on and off the court means they have become a team, instead of the group of players that are very talented. So things we weren't doing before, they are now coming together at the right time," he said.
With young exciting players like Marlon Millis, Anthoi White and Audre Rose supporting the experienced Michael Rogers, Robinson is positive his team has what it takes to pull off the win and book their place in the final.
"I am confident in getting the win. It's just for them to come out and separate ourselves from them. Their team is young, but we can't play around with them. We have to keep it together and play as a team," he added.