Lyons and Titans prepare to face off in finely poised play-off series

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FAMILIAR foes will tip off on Tuesday night at Langford Sports Centre [7.30pm] in the second instalment of the Division I play-off finals of the Jersey Basketball Association Winter League.

The Lyons were the victors of the regular season and therefore begin the play-off finals with a 1-0 series lead in the race to three.

However, keen not to let the Lyons out of their grasp, it was the Titans who battled to game one success, securing a 68-55 win.

With the series in fine balance, both sides shall face again on Tuesday night in what is sure to be a hotly contested match-up between the Island’s best sides.

Both outfits have retained a key core of players throughout the last few years, which lends to a vast amount of experience across the teams when it comes to games such as this.

Cam Stables of the Lyons said: ‘We had quite a heated game last time around. It normally does get that way during play-offs with everything on the line.

‘We are certainly expecting an intense and aggressive battle out on court.’

The JBBA has continued to make changes through the years to ensure the game continues to progress on the Island.

The Jersey U21’s have a team entered in the league, which serves as somewhat of a baptism of fire for the younger players.

Many of them are facing off against players who are far more physical than themselves.

The Lyons captain said: ‘I think the JBBA is always looking to evolve in every way they can.’

‘It is difficult for the U21’s as they don’t have a brilliant success rate against some of the top teams in the league.

‘But what is does serve as is great experience for these players and many have impressed on that stage and been picked up by various teams through their work on court.’

‘There are also possible plans to implement a draft system, much like they have in the United States, which would attempt to level the playing field each year.

‘It would avoid a situation where any given one or two teams have the majority of the better players.’

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