Nail-biter to end regular season
In a thrilling end to the home and away season the Seymour Blasters basketball team came from behind with less than a minute to go to snatch a 2-point win over the Wallan Panthers last Saturday at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.
After an early break to lead 19 to 16 at quarter time and 36 to 29 at half-time it looked as though the home team had the edge. However, after the main break Wallan worked on their game plan to draw level 52 all at the three-quarter break.
In the last quarter the visitors continued their edge to lead by 5 points with only a couple of minutes to go.
With 44 seconds to go Seymour team captain, Robbie Sartori drove for a lay up for 2 points and was fouled in the attempt, taking him to the penalty strip for a bonus shot. This was successful to bring the scores level.
In their efforts to bring the ball into their attacking zone, a Wallan player fouled turning the ball over to the Blasters.
Seymour then used most of the time remaining to make a final drive where a lay-up attempt by Jack Murphy was not successful but big man Christian Brock was there under the basket to tip in for the 2-point lead.
With 3.2 seconds to go Wallan went into attack but right on the buzzer a shot from Wallan’s Luke Liesegang rimmed out to give the Seymour Blasters a 69 to 67 victory.
Earlier Christian Brock came off for a rest quite dejected having missed a couple of shots but he still ended with 16 points, second in the scoring behind Jordan Hockley with 21 including three 3-pointers.
The first of the finals start this Saturday with Seymour Blasters taking on Maryborough Blazers at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.
The Seymour Lady Blasters finished their season with a valiant effort against the Wallan team. Although they led for quite a bit of the game they couldn’t hold Wallan in the final session, to go down 66 to 62.
Leah Swain’s 17 points took her to 201 for the season while Alice OSullivan, 17, and Rosie OSullivan, 12 points, were also in double figures.
This was a young team and their enthusiasm and efforts mean that they could develop into a competitive group.
Seymour FM 103.9 will be broadcasting the first final on Saturday from 6.30 pm with the game starting at 7 pm
— Ted Gray
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