First battle: Mildura Heat take a five-game winning streak into grand final series

THE Hydraulic Solutions Mildura Heat are back on the road this weekend for game one of the 2012 Big V Division One grand final series against the Geelong Supercats.

It is shaping up to be a wonderful series between two teams who have saved their best quality basketball for the serious end of the season.

After their strong preliminary final win on the road against Camberwell, the Heat take a five-game winning streak into the grand final series.

The Supercats had strong finals victories over Hawthorn and McKinnon and will look to win back-to-back championships after finishing the regular season in third position on the Terril conference ladder.

The sides have confronted each other twice in 2012 with Mildura winning both games; 88-66 in round five in Geelong, and 96-75 at the Toyota Hothouse in round 16, which was the start of their current winning streak.

The Heat were outstanding against the much fancied Dragons in the city last Sunday in which they put up 98 points on the title favourites at a sizzling clip of 49 per cent from the field and 53 per cent from beyond the three point arch.

Veteran sharp shooter Shannon Erskine is adding the x-factor required by the Heat in these playoffs, with 15 points and four long range bombs which helped put his team over the line, while Mildura’s 80 per cent from the foul line certainly helped as well.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Saturday's Sunraysia Daily 18-8-2012.

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