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The Yateley Silverbacks basketball team are preparing for their second consecutive Division Two play-off final this weekend

The Yateley Silverbacks are preparing for their Wessex 2 play-off final this weekend

An outstanding performance in front of a huge crowd saw the Yateley Silverbacks march into their second consecutive Division Two play-off final.

Joe Cahill was playing his first match for two months due to injury but he was the star man on the night - seemingly grabbing every rebound, playing fantastic defence and relentlessly attacking the basket to either score or get fouled.

Cahill was assisted offensively by Antony Green, Jack Vaughan and Glynn Davies, who all scored double figures.

The Silverbacks led by just three points after the first leg, but were soon pegged back by the Airgonauts, who put up a good fight in the first half.

But the Backs’ switch to a zonal defence and Cahill’s ability to lure the Airgonauts' big guns into foul trouble allowed the home side to pull away rapidly in the second half to end up with a massive 28-point aggregate victory.

The win ensured a 100% win rate at home all season in all competitions.

“I knew having Joe back would be a boost but his performance at both ends was heroic, the best he has ever played for the club,” said proud player/coach Pete Daines.

“If he had converted more of his free throws his night could have been statistically better but he was our player of the game by far.

“Winning the league was our goal but since that was achieved we have become really focused on winning the double next weekend.”

The final is on Sunday (May 11).

 

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