Too big, too strong, too quick and too talented told the story of the Seymour Blasters against the Wangaratta Warriors at Wangaratta on Sunday afternoon.
The afternoon game suited Seymour much better than the home team as the Warriors were coming off a double header having played Myrtleford the night before.
In the first quarter big man Liam Killey had trouble scoring early and both sides were regularly missing baskets. The quarter time score was Seymour 13, Wangaratta 7.
The Blasters improved their shooting in the second quarter and their intensity told as they produced some great rebounds and interceptions to lead 34 to 15 at half time.
In the second half captain Robbie Sartori’s speed and accuracy had an effect on the tiring home side and Killey started to dominate at both ends with scoring shots and using his height to grab a number of rebounds at both ends of the court.
Jordan Hockley and Jack Murphy also added drive with their speed and interceptions.
Coach Craig Hockley used a couple of up-and-coming bench players in Joel Durham and Liam Hockley and they showed the benefit of the extra responsibility by being highly involved in the play.
Durham noticeably showed improvement as his confidence grew during the last quarter. Three-quarter time score was 53 to 28.
The last quarter continued in the same manner as the third for Seymour Blasters to run out winners, 74 to 41. Robbie Sartori 20, Liam Killey 16, Jack Murphy 12 and Jordan Hockley 11 all reached double figures.
The Seymour Lady Blasters went down to a taller and more talented Wangaratta Lady Warriors, 83 to 38. With tall Leah Swain unavailable, the Blasters were no match for several tall Wangaratta ladies.
Captain Rosie O’Sullivan was tireless and led from the front with 15 points. She was backed up by youngster Tayha Watkins with 10.
The last match for this year will be at home on Saturday night against the Echuca Pirates teams with the Ladies starting at 6pm and the Mens following at 8pm.
— Ted Gray