The four Narrabri Basketball Association semi-finals were contested this week, with the men’s competition and mixed competition grand finalists decided ahead of the November 20 showdowns.

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On Tuesday evening the mixed playoff matches were contested which saw top-ranked RSL Raptors and third-placed Bowlo Dry Lakers win their respective matches.

Both beat a grand finalist from last season.

The Bowlo Dry Lakers took on second-placed Namoi Hotel in the first match of the evening, and the Dry Lakers won that contest 20-14 to qualify for the grand final.

Minor premiers Raptors then downed defending champs Sporties Club (formerly Green Team) 32-8 to join the Dry Lakers in the decider.

The men’s matches were then played last night.

In the first match of the evening two-time defending champions Telstra Magic qualified for the grand final with a 35-9 win against second-placed RSL Raptors.

Minor premiers Tatts Titans then set up a grand final rematch against Magic when they downed the fourth-placed Bowlo Celtics 39-19.

The Raptors’ win on Tuesday evening was inspired by Sarah Hewett who scored a game-high 22 points.

The Raptors led 20-4 at half-time before outscoring Sporties Club 12-4 in the second stanza.

In a closer contest the Bowlo Dry Lakers entered half-time with a two-point lead, ahead 14-12 at the break.

The Dry Lakers scored six second half points to Namoi’s two to secure the six-point win.

Yesterday, defending champions Magic led the RSL Raptors 13-1 at half-timebefore winning the second half 22-8 to qualify for the decider.

The other match was closer at half-time as Tatts Titans led Bowlo Celtics 13-7.

A dominant second half from Tatts saw it outscore the Celtics 26-12 to advance to grand final night.