The Canberra Gunners have given themselves a finals lifeline after a heartstopping 81-79 home win over Albury on Saturday night.
Daniel Joyce (16 points, five rebounds) nailed a two-pointer with four seconds left, snapping a three-game losing streak for the hosts.
The Gunners (10-13) are just one win outside the SEABL eastern conference top four after Frankston did them a favour by beating fourth-placed Bendigo (11-12).
US import Garlon Green (26 points, six rebounds, five assists) had another strong game, while regular starter Daniel Jackson was eased back in from the bench after a few weeks out with injury.
The Gunners must win their last three games to have any chance of the finals, starting with a tough road double-header against eastern conference leaders Mt Gambier and Ballarat next week.
“At the end of the day if we win our last three games we’ll give ourselves the best chance,’’ Gunners coach Shawn McEachin said.
“Working yourself up for every game is tiring but that’s what we have to do. This year we wanted teams to take us seriously, we’ve got a bit more respect now.’’
Meanwhile, the Canberra Capitals Academy secured their third win of the season with an 83-37 thrashing of Albury. Ellie Junod (23 points) and Alice Coddington (20 points, eight assists) led the way in a win set up by a 33-8 first quarter.