The Nelson Giants and the Wellington Saints both won their National Basketball League games on Friday night, which means they will face each other in next week's semi-final.
Nelson defeated the visiting Southland Sharks 101-89, giving them the tiebreak advantage over the Sharks if they win against the Canterbury Rams on Saturday.
It was a special night for Giants veteran Phill Jones, who scored 21 points in his final home game for the franchise.
In Wellington, the Saints had a strong second half to beat the Taranaki Mountainairs 98-79.
In Palmerston North, the Manawatu Jets won their fourth straight with a 106-97 win over the Otago Nuggets.