Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Following their triple overtime victory in one game, defending champions Urban Knights will be looking to close out their best-of-three finals in the Flow/National Basketball League today when they battle Spanish Town Spartans in game two at the National Arena, starting at 7 p.m.
The Knights, who are seeking their second consecutive hold on the island's premier basketball trophy, lead the series 1-0 after their nail-biting 77-75 victory in game one on Friday night.
The Knights' coach, Oneil Brown, is very optimistic that his team is going to close out the series.
"I am confident that we are going to retain our title," said Brown after Friday night's victory. "We took away Spanish Town's strong points and with only two days off, we will be ready for game two.
"We are the fitter team, but I know that the Spartans will come at us in game two, but we are ready for the challenge because this is what we have been preparing for all season," Brown said.
The Knights will be depending heavily on their dynamic duo of Andre Murray and Omar Barnes, who contributed 21 points and nine rebounds and 16 points and 10 rebounds, respectively, in game one.
They are expected to receive solid support from Oneil Mundle and Kwame Lawrence, who added 13 points apiece in game one.
The Spartans, who are this year's Southern Conference and mid-season champions, were left heartbroken after their game one defeat.
However, their coach, Calvin Martin, is hoping his team will bounce back to level the series.
"We just have to come and play and hope that Urban Knights make more mistakes than us," said Martin. "I think we also have to match Urban Knights' intensity because we were too causal in game one," he said.
"...We will have to bounce back because if we lose game two then our season is over."
Continuing, Martin said: "I think we have to put up a much better fight on both ends of the court. Defensively and offensively, we were nowhere near a primary schools' level in game one because I think my players assumed that the Knights weren't going to put up a fight."
The Spartans will rest their hopes in the hands of national representatives Adrian Forbes and Lynford Brown, who netted 20 and 19 points, respectively, in game one. They are expected to receive good support from former national player Javon Bailey, Kemar Hyatt and Michael Blake.