Saints take it up to Blasters
SEYMOUR proved too strong for Myrtleford in both men’s and women’s Country Basketball League fixtures on Saturday night.
Looking for their second win in the competition the Saints women let a first half lead slip while the men were outclassed by last year’s conference champions.
Strong play from Amie Antonello, Paige Zamperoni and Racquel Stevens saw Myrtleford with a 24-22 first half lead against the Blasters.
However, the Saints couldn’t continue on after the break, and with Seymour finding their range they were outscored 41-18 in the second half in a 42-63 loss.
“We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket in the third and fourth quarters,” coach Les Stevens said.
“They had one very big player that stopped us from getting inside, size plays a big part down the stretch and we’re a pretty small team so they really blew us out late.”
Racquel Stevens led Myrtleford with 13 points while Antonello and Zamperoni each finished with 10 points.
In a fast-paced opening quarter Myrtleford went toe to toe with Seymour in the men’s clash, with the difference just three points at the end of the first.
The Blasters gained the ascendency in the second to lead by 14 points at the break and extended their advantage to 21 points three and a half minutes into the third term.
A young unit of Jalen Barker, Ryley Bouker, Charlie and Ryan Crisp and Tawhiti Pahina helped cut the margin to 13 points and then 10 points early in the last before Seymour again pulled away.
Myrtleford scored the last six points of the game as it ended 66-79.
Despite a third straight loss for the men Stevens said a real positive was the play of their teenagers.
“We want to get these young guys out there on the court and when they were they showed no fear, kept the intensity up and were making baskets,” he said.
“We mixed up our rotations a lot better this week and were really competitive, we rattled them a bit, they had a couple of their good players foul out.”
Jalen Barker scored a gamehigh 28 points with 14 of those coming in the third quarter.
Myrtleford is back at home on Sunday against Shepparton.
“Shepparton will be tough for both teams, in the men we may go 0-4 but a win is just around the corner,” Stevens said.
“Marnie Doodewaard and Bronte Burgess will be back for the women, we were a bit short on guards against Seymour so they will be welcome returns.”
The men will regain Greg Doodeward and Lachy West while Matt Dyball is unavailable for another week.
The weekend’s matches get underway at 12pm and 2pm.