SBL finale frenzy
SBL finale frenzy

The State Basketball League is in line to break more attendance records for the men's and women's grand finals at the WA Basketball Centre this weekend.

Little more than 300 regular seats remain for the men's clash between Cockburn and East Perth on Saturday night, while the women's decider between South West and Rockingham on Friday has attracted huge interest.

The positive response follows the release of figures that showed an 18 per cent increase in league-wide crowds to a total of more than 66,000 throughout the 2012 regular season.

Eleven of the 14 clubs had overall attendance rises, led by regional clubs Goldfields and South West.

Basketball WA competitions manager Christian Rice encouraged fans to buy tickets now before they sold out.

"Early sales figures indicate that we are heading for our second straight sell-out in the men's game and a record crowd in the women's game," Rice said.

"At this stage we should sell-out the men's game in record time and surpass our highest women's figure before doors open, which is another exciting sign for the growth of the sport in WA.

"Having three teams in their first grand final has really created a lot of interest and highlights how close the league has been this year."

In a reflection of how close this year's SBL has been, none of the top two teams in either the men's or women's competitions reached their respective grand finals.

The West Australian

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