Saints face tough task at Sey­mour

Alpine Observer - - Sport - BAS­KET­BALL By JUSTIN JENVEY

MYRTLE­FORD will play its first Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League road game this week­end against Sey­mour.

In the men’s com­pe­ti­tion the Saints will face last year’s North East cham­pi­ons who have notched con­vinc­ing wins in their first two out­ings.

The Blasters men beat Wan­garatta 83-44 and Wodonga, who Myrtle­ford lost to two Sun­days ago, 66-45.

Myrtle­ford started its cam­paign with a loss to Wal­lan and could be with­out cap­tain Ben McIn­tyre who dis­lo­cated his fin­ger in the Oc­to­ber 22 clash with the Wolves.

Coach Les Stevens said it will be a test for his team, but he sees them im­prov­ing.

“The men started off with a cou­ple of nar­row losses but I thought we played re­ally well in both games, par­tic­u­larly against Wal­lan who we ex­pect to be one of the top sides,” he said.

“We led Wal­lan in the first quar­ter but we put our­selves in a bit of a whole there in the sec­ond, we lost our way and prob­a­bly had some wrong com­bi­na­tions on the court.

“We were in front for most of the game against Wodonga but lost it late, we just have to get con­sis­tent play for four quar­ters.”

The Saints women take on a Sey­mour out­fit who have started with­out a win.

Sey­mour went down to Wodonga by 12 points and Wan­garatta by 15 in its first two games while Myrtle­ford’s women de­feated Wal­lan be­fore los­ing to Wodonga by 18.

Stevens said the women are a good chance to grab a sec­ond win.

“The most pleas­ing thing about the first two games was the fight shown by the girls,” he said.

“Against Wal­lan we came from be­hind to record a good win and back­ing up against Wodonga who are much stronger, the girls were blown out in the first but for the next three quar­ters it was pretty even.

“Our ball move­ment was fan­tas­tic so hope­fully that’s some­thing that con­tin­ues.”

Stevens said both teams will need to avoid send­ing their op­po­si­tion to the foul line and make the most of their own at­tempts from the char­ity stripe.

“Foul shots win you bas­ket­ball games and that’s some­thing that cost both teams first up,” he said.

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