BALLARAT Rush will play finals in the South East Australian Basketball League.
Rush staked a spot by gritting out an intense, physical game for a three-point win against Dandenong on Saturday night - other results helped play in their favour, with Canberra simultaneously beating Kilsyth.
The results have kept Auslec Rush fourth in the SEABL south conference, a game clear of Kilsyth, and facing a likely final against Nunawading which is on path tonight to finish third via on percentage from Rush.
There was little in the low-scoring game with no more than six points splitting Rush from Dandenong - in the second quarter the margin was no more than one-point either way.
Rush import Nya Mason hurt her knee under the basket early in the third quarter but, with treatment and strapping from the Rangers' physiotherapist, was able to return for a crucial five-minute period in the final term.
Mason will undergo further treatment tomorrow.
Rush coach Peter Cunningham said his stress levels were high in the tight affair but he was pleased with how well his team continually adapted to claim the win.
"We had a good contribution from everyone, which is something we've been trying to do for awhile," Cunningham said.
"It wasn't a free-flowing game - it was fairly intense, a lot of contact.
"(Dandenong) was mobile and quick but we competed with a lot of energy to stay in the game mentally.
"We were focused, and when they shut our offence out we found different ways to score."
Ballarat Miners finish their season tonight against Dandenong.
Rush and the Miners will announce their most valuable players for the season in Ballarat Basketball Club's awards tomorrow night.