And so it comes down to two! The Platinum Harbour Breeze and Waikato Wizards will contest the 2020 Sal's NBL 18IN18 Grand Final today (5pm start) in what promises to be a thrilling clash.
The Breeze (6-0) and Wizards (4-2) have both impressed, more so over the last week of competition, and look primed to step up even further in the decider.
The Breeze won through on Friday night over the Kapuna Capital Swish and will come in off a day's break, however the Wizards, who beat the Firebrand Otago Gold Rush in a nail-biter last night, need to back-up again immediately.
Both teams are expected to be at full strength.
Booke Blair (the competition's leading scorer), Ash Kelman-Poto and Ella Fotu will be the keys to a Breeze win, while Kayla Manuirirangi, Esra McGoldrick and Maka Daysh will be the players to look for in Wizards singlets.
The battle of the benches will also be interesting to keep an eye on - the Dream featuring Tiarna Clarke and Jessica Moors, the Wizards with talented pair Arielle Parai and Alana Paewai. All 10 players for both teams are more than capable of delivering, such is the depth of our Grand Finalists.
As for who will win? The Breeze will start warm favourites. They are rested and the stats across the season lean their way, but don't write the Wizards off, they responded every time they were under threat against the Gold Rush in last night's Semi-Final and they are the sort of team that will relish the 'underdogs' tag.
WHAT: Sal's NBL 18IN18 Grand Final
WHEN: 5pm Sunday December 6
WHERE: Pulman Arena, south Auckland
COST: Adults $10 | U18s free
CURTAIN RAISER: D-League Final (2:30pm) - Rotorua vs Taranaki
THREE KEYS TO WINNING
Here's how the two teams stack up head-to-head.
When They Last Met
Breeze 72 defeated Wizards 57
Breeze: Kelman-Poto 18pts & 8rbs, Blair 16pts, Kailahi-Fulu 11pts & 10rbs.
Wizards: McGoldrick 20pts, 14rbs & 6 blocks, Manuirirangi 15pts, Daysh 6pts & 11rbs.
Brooke Blair, Zara Jillings, Ella Fotu, Ash Kelman-Poto, Jazzmyne Kailahi-Fulu.
Jayze'lee Waihi, Kayla Manuirirangi, Pep Flavell, Esra McGoldrick, Maka Daysh.
Points Per Game
Breeze 74.7pts / Wizards 65.5pts
Rebounds Per Game
Breeze 42.5 / Wizards 42
Assists Per Game
Breeze 16.7 / Wizards 11.3
Steals Per Game
Breeze 13.7 / Wizards 14.3
Blocks Per Game
Breeze 5.2 / Wizards 5
2pt % Average
Breeze 50.5 / Wizards 39.4
3pt % Average
Breeze 26.9 / Wizards 28.4
Free Throw % Average
Breeze 62.1 / Wizards 69