TWO-TIME back-to-back champion Tivoli Wizards will go for three consecutive titles in the FLOW/National Basketball League when they go up against former winners Urban Knights in game one of the final at the National Stadium courts this evening starting at 7:00.
Tivoli turned back Southern Conference winners Runnin Rebels 2-0 to book their place in the final, while the Knights overcame the Slayers in three games, with the final game ending prematurely after the Slayers walked off the court in protest over the officiating.
However, Tivoli coach Edward Marshall believes his team is finding their form at the right time and he is confident they will go on to their third consecutive title.
Marshall expects the Knights to give his team a good fight, but he is confident of victory.
“Most of their guys are playing the NBL for the first time, but they have a good organisation, so they will give us a big challenge, but I know we can pull it off,” he said.
Through the regular season, Omar Barnes, Anthony Farquharson, Andy Smith, Duken Brown, Troy Campbell, Dwayne Harris, and Mowango Campbell have led the charge for the West Kingston club, and Marshall insisted that once they come and play true to form they will be successful.
“I don’t have much concern about my opponent... I am more worried about my team doing the right things. If we come out and do the right things then the Urban Knights can’t beat us,” said Marshall.
Meanwhile, Urban Knights coach Oneil Brown also thinks his team is hitting form at the right time.
And although the Knights beat Wizards in the regular season, he believes the teams are evenly matched and the final will be decided by free-throws.
“They have grown since (we beat them) then, but I think we still have enough to win the series,” he noted.
And although there are a lot of youngsters in the Urban Knights team, Brown said they have contributed well throughout the campaign and he expected no less for the final.
“The young players have been with us all season and have helped a lot... the older players have been here before, but the young players want to win because it’s their first final,” he said.
The Knights’ hopes rest with captain Fernando Young, Oneil Mundle, Andre Murray, Kwame Lawrence, and Ian Gooden.