Coleman cool as ice for grand final win

Andy Lerch (right) swipes and misses at Eddie Groom's shot.
Andy Lerch (right) swipes and misses at Eddie Groom's shot. Brandon Livesay

THREE points down with seven seconds left in the grand final, the ball found its way into Dan Coleman's hands.

Time seemed to slow down for the Thunder player as he threw a hail mary from the corner of the court, needing the three pointer to go in to take the match into extra time.

Both teams held their collective breath as the ball soared through the air and dropped through the basket, tying the game against the Fundamentals at 42-42.

Coleman's demeanour was ice cold as he ran back down the court to stop a counterattack, but he said it was a different story inside his head.

"I really wasn't expecting it to go in," he said after the game.

Dan Coleman goes around the back to get past Aiden Kelleher.
Dan Coleman goes around the back to get past Aiden Kelleher. Brandon Livesay

The five minutes of extra time dished up even more drama and once again the pressure ended up on Coleman's shoulders.

With four seconds left on the clock, Coleman was fouled and sent to the free throw line.

Without missing a beat he sunk both shots to win the grand final 52-51.

"A few years back we went to overtime and we lost," Coleman said.

"Nerves of steel this time, we made it this time."

Chris Theuerkauf gaurds Sean Wicks.
Chris Theuerkauf gaurds Sean Wicks. Brandon Livesay

Victory was twice as sweet for Coleman who played his final game for the team he helped create.

"I wanted to make sure we won it for the boys, because I'm never going to wear this uniform again," he said.

Coleman is moving to the Gold Coast after seven seasons and five titles with the Thunder.

"I'm going to miss this."

"We started it up about seven and half years ago with Chris (Theuerkauf) and Andrew (Lerch).

"We haven't missed a final since then."

John Maceasat charges down the court.
John Maceasat charges down the court. Brandon Livesay

Grand finals

A grade

Thunder (52) defeated Fundamentals (51)

B grade

Green (42) defeated Purple (21)

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