Last two crunch time for Cougars

THE Albury Cougars will round out their regular season on the road.

Tonight they take on the Maryborough Blazers before backing up tomorrow against the Castlemaine Cannons.

The Cougars will lock the minor premiership if they win both games but it won’t be an easy task with the sharp-shooting Blazers still a slim chance to sneak into the finals.

Darcy Harding has been in stellar form for the Border team, averaging a league-leading 26 points, and they will be bolstered by the return of Bandits guard, Jack Duck, who was unavailable for last weekend’s shock loss to Wodonga.

Albury will need to pay close attention to Maryborough’s Matt Johnston, who has connected on a staggering 17 three-pointers — to average 39 points — in his past two games for the Blazers.

Tomorrow’s game will also prove a tough outing, with the young Castlemaine squad growing in confidence and causing several opponents some grief as the season has progressed.

“We can’t take either team lightly this weekend,” Cougars’ coach Stephen Gibbs said

“We still have a lot to play for and quite a few things to work on before the season is done.”

“I hope to see a big lift in intensity.”

The Lady Cougars will be looking to bounce back from a horror weekend when they travel to Castlemaine tomorrow.