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Frangi Bulls won the Elite Basketball Finals - Apr 20, 2005


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The Frangi Bulls has won the Air New Zealand Elite Basketball Finals over the Friends in a low-scoring game 29-25 . On the ladies side, Nono Magic defeated HSBC 44-30.

The final game saw the outright winners of the round games, Frangi Bulls take on Friends which were third at the time of the playoffs, but they fought their way into the finals admist some controversy at times. The game
was intense at the start with Frangi Bulls using their speedsters Anthony and Maurice to run the ball. However, Friends' wealth of experience turned the game around and forced Frangi to slow things down and play inside shots by their big forwards, Nga and Strickland. With Friends' tight defence and accurate shots, the match slowly slipped from Frangi's hands. Friends took the match in the final minutes winning in a low scoring game 29-25.

The women's final was between outright winners of the round games, Nono Magic and HSBC, who the night before gained another life after beating second-placed Top Shape Proactives by one point. Nono Magic were rattled in the first half by the tight defence and some good shooting by Taromi Urirau of HSBC, resulting in the scores being16-all at the half time break. It continued goal for goal with the increase in intensity creating a much more physical encounter. At one point of the game the scores were level at 30-all. But with no subs the HSBC team could not muster enough energy in the last five minutes and Nono Magic capitalised by taking the game 44-30. A great effort by the super five from HSBC, who winged their way from the play-offs into the finals with only five eligible players.

  



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