With the game close for the first three quarters, Seymour Blasters produced their best basketball in the final stanza to beat Wodonga Wolves 66 to 45 at the Wodonga stadium last Saturday night.
Wodonga showed better defence in the opening segment and had a couple of three-point throws, while Seymour missed several scoring opportunities and trailed 12 to 17 at quarter-time.
Seymour significantly improved its defence and started to show more accuracy under the basket to lead 32 to 39 at the main break. However Wodonga’s three-point shooting saw the Blasters only increase their lead by one with the scores at three-quarter-time 45 to 42 in favour of the Blasters.
In the run home Wodonga succumbed to the pressure of a determined defence and the height, size and speed of the visitors and the Blasters ran out winners by 21 points.
Big man Liam Killey dominated under the basket with 18 points while Leo Viitala showed all-round court craft to register 14.
Jack Murphy took up the challenge in the absence of Mat Boland to notch 12 points.
Concern was felt in the last quarter of the women’s match between Seymour and Wodonga.
Lauren Parkinson was felled heavily and was down on the floor for several minutes. Fortunately, apart from the shock of the fall, the only end effect was a badly corked leg.
Seymour could not quite match it with the fancied Wodonga Lady Wolves and were trailing 41 to 54 at three-quarter-time.
Sterling efforts by captain Rosie O’Sullivan (22 points for the game) and domination under the basket by Leah Swain (20) saw the Lady Blasters win the quarter by a point, but still went down 69 to 57.
There is a double header this weekend with the teams taking on newcomers Myrtleford Saints at home on Saturday night, followed by a trip to Echuca for a Sunday afternoon game.
— Ted Gray