It was a winning weekend for the Bendigo Braves against Diamond Valley in the NBL1, with both sides picking up important victories in the lead up to the finals.
Daniel Hansen hit a game winning three to cap an 86-84 win for the Braves men, who now control their own finals’ destiny.
If the Braves can beat Albury Wodonga and Knox on the weekend they will secure a finals berth.
After previously shooting just 1/8 from the three point line, Hansen was ecstatic to have hit such a crucial game winner.
“I didn’t realise how big the shot was [in the context of the season], but I’m happy it went in,” Hansen said.
Captain Ray Turner notched his 13th double-double of the season with a 31-point and 16 rebound effort.
The Braves women have the minor premiership in sight after a 90-68 win against the Eagles.
With the Geelong Supercats losing at the weekend, if the Braves can beat the Bandits and Raiders this weekend, they will secure top spot.
“That’s really important going into the play-offs, so we can have home court throughout,” centre Becca Tobin said.
She led the team with 18 points and 14 rebounds at the weekend to go along with three assists, two blocks and a steal.
The NBL1 will be celebrating Indigenous Round this weekend, with the Braves to wear jerseys designed by artist Racquel Kerr.
Their jersey design is based on Bunjil’s feathers, the creator spirit and wedge-tailed eagle that are representative of the five Kulin Nations he created; the Wadawurrung, Woiwurrung, Taungurung, Boon Wurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung.