A string of polished wins over the weekend ensured Launceston Lightning have kept their undefeated reign intact heading into the men's State League final series.
Six victories that include three in Devonport has the side on a crash course with reigning champion Penguin.
A first-up 103-80 win over Burnie Tigers on Saturday was a sign of things to come.
The Tigers were up 23-22 at quarter-time until Launceston soon took control to drop 37 of the final 49 points of the half for a clinical 59-37 lead.
Ben Rigby (25 points) and Kai Woodfall (18) combined for nine three-pointers to tighten the side's grip further.
Big man Hugh King piloted Launceston to a next-up win that equalled the 59 points over Lightning Next Gen.
He shot a series best 31 points in the lopsided 122-63 clash with Clarence United.
Jamie Mesman added 25, Woodfall 23 and Rigby 16.
The Lightning also cruised to a final win on Sunday over Latrobe Demons 102-56.
A superb inside game gifted Mesman a high 32 points.
The Launceston Lightning Next Gen ended its campaign winless, but came close to a victory twice on Saturday.
The Demons held off the development side 80-64.
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The Next Gen got within two points entering the final three and a half minutes, but conceded the final 14 points.
Thomas Foster stood out with 21 points in the defeat.
The Next Gen side turned around a 24-point deficit at the start of the final quarter to get within seven points inside the final minute.
Hobart Phoenix killed off an upset late in a 78-68 win.
Next Gen's Troy Schaeche starred with a 25-point game.
Penguin had the better of the Next Gen side 90-59 that blew out late in the second from a seven-point margin.
Hayden Zasadny dropped 19 points for Launceston.
Launceston Lightning still secured third place ahead of the women's finals despite two losses at the weekend.
The side was blown off the court after quarter-time in a 94-53 defeat to Latrobe.
But Micah Simpson sunk five three-pointers early on to bash Kingborough-Huon Kings in a stunning 22-0 start.
She finished with 25 points in the 76-54 Lightning win.
A slow start cost Launceston a 62-56 loss to Basketball Tasmania High Performance amid a fluctuating last term.
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