BUFORD, Ga. – The Tupelo Rock-N-Rollers players are starving for the World Basketball Association Exposure League title, and they are so close after Thursday night that they can taste it.
The Rock-N-Rollers rolled to a 107-89 victory over the Decatur (Ga.) Court Kings in a WBA playoff semifinals game.
The Rock-N-Rollers will face the host Buford Majic in tonight’s championship game set for 8 Eastern time.
The Majic beat the Carters-ville Baseline Warriors 109-97 in the other semifinal.
“These guys are really hungry,” said Rock-N-Rollers coach Brian Alexander. “They are ready step on stage and bring a professional championship back to the city of Tupelo.”
The Rock-N-Rollers led Decatur by eight to 12 points for most of the way before putting the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
“We played well defensively at the beginning of the game,” Alexander said. “Our intensity on defense led to defensive stops which led to fast breaks and easy baskets.
“They got some guys that can really play and we defended those guys well.”
Daryl Wilson led Tupelo with 25 points, while teammates Courtney Bradley (20), Jason Smith (17) and Chris Sykes (11) had solid games offensively.
“He was doing it in other areas as well,” Alexander said of Wilson. “So was Smith.”
The Rock-N-Rollers beat Cartersville in their only regular-season matchup. Buford, however, swept the Rock-N-Rollers in their two regular-season meetings.
Tonight’s title game will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by CSS at a date and time to be announced.
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