Demons into MIA League decider

Basketball

GRIFFITH captain-coach Steve McCanna says the Demons have no preference over who they will face in next weekend's MIA League grand final after securing hosting rights on Saturday.

The Demons beat Leeton 60-50 at West End Stadium to continue their unbeaten run and ensure next Saturday night's decider will be held at the very same venue.

With the bye this week, the Griffith players will relax while Leeton and Narrandera fight it out in a potential winner-takes-all match-up for the second grand final spot.

Having already convincingly beaten both sides this season, McCanna isn't fussed who qualifies.

"I'd say Leeton should win but we really don't mind who we play," he said. "We just want to protect our home court and get the job done against whoever."

McCanna said the Demons were desperate to become the first side in the short history of the MIA League to go through undefeated.

"That's one thing we want to do win the whole thing without losing a game. That's our aim at the moment," he said.

After cruising past the Eagles to make it four from four there is no reason why that can't happen.

Griffith was dominant on Saturday, only briefly losing control of the match in a second-term slump that was quickly forgotten once the team burst out of the blocks after the main break.

McCanna top-scored on 18 points but his last eight points were all from the free-throw line and four from the one visit, following a spiteful incident involving former Griffith State League player Adam O'Callaghan.

The Leeton star threatened to headbutt the Demons' Jon Evans and was pulled up for unsportsmanlike behaviour. It was his fifth foul, earned him an early shower and handed McCanna two more points on a platter from the charity stripe.

"He was getting a bit heated, there were a few words tossed around, and then all of a sudden he just cracked it. It was right in front of the refs," McCanna said.

Griffith's other top performers were Evans (16 points) and Graham Kilby (13).

The Demons women's side is also in with a shot of a grand final appearance, depending on the outcome of this weekend's match between Leeton and Narrandera.

The Griffith girls smashed Leeton 52-18 with Angela Ellis (18 points) and Jess Hill (17) doing much of the damage.

It was their second win for the season and places them second on the ladder. If Narrandera beats Leeton tomorrow then the Demons are through to the decider, but if Leeton wins, it could come down to points differential.

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