Martin makes Wildcats deadly

THE Parramatta Wildcats and the Sydney Sonics will meet in the grand final of the inaugural Ultimate Basketball competition on Saturday night.

That was expected, as they started the competition as the top two seeds.

The Wildcats came ready to play against the Sydney Royals in their semi-final last Saturday night.

The star-studded Wildcats were on fire early and far too strong in the paint at both ends of the court in their 117-75 win.

Former Sydney Kings NBL point guard Luke Martin controlled play throughout and will be a crucial factor for the Wildcats this Saturday night.

In contrast to the Wildcats, The Sonics were surprisingly held in check in the first half of their semi-final against the unfancied South Sydney Wolves.

But Sydney's class told in the third quarter with shooting guard Blake Borgia igniting from the perimeter, to blow the game apart in the opening minutes of the term.

The Sonics dominated the rest of the game, winning 83-63.

The Sonics will be hot favourites to win the grand final, with the season's Most Valuable Player, Tom Dawson, making a rush trip from Melbourne for the game.

Regardless, Sydney's richest basketball competition has ticked every box in its debut season.

There've been high-scoring games and young talent unearthed with competitive, often thrilling, action.

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