Too fast, too strong
Seymour to meet Wodonga in the final
Seymour has made it to the big dance for the fourth straight year.
The side moved into the Country Basketball League final after a dominant display against Wallan at home on Saturday night.
The Blasters got off to a flying a start, leading by 17 points at quarter-time, before running out to a 33-point victory against the Panthers, with five players hitting double figures.
Despite comfortably beating Wallan twice this season, Blasters coach Craig Hockley made sure his team did not suffer from overconfidence or complacency.
‘‘I just had to remind them that a semi-final is a cut throat situation and a 50-50 game,’’ he said.
‘‘But we got away to a pretty good start and then just built on it after that. So we just had make sure we stuck to our processes and got the job done.’’
After missing the final game of the regular season, Hockley said big man Liam Killey, who scored 19 points, was a massive inclusion for the Blasters.
‘‘Liam set the tone pretty early in the piece, scoring baskets and getting rebounds . . . they had no match up for him,’’ Hockley said.
‘‘While they do have a tall (Luke Liesegang), he plays on the outside, so they had to play a smaller guy on Liam and just couldn’t contain him.
‘‘I think our big guys really dominated . . . and once they dominated inside, it allowed the freedom outside for our guards — our transition up and down the floor was really good.’’
But Killey was not the only one to have an impact on the scoreboard, with Jack Murphy (16), Christian Brock (13), Jordan Hockley (10) and Robbie Sartori (14) also dangerous.
Hockley said another key to the strong victory was the team’s strong defensive pressure, which caused a lot of turnovers for Wallan.
Wallan looked most threatening when Iziah Paul Mahinay got to show off his speed on a breakaway, but it was not enough to destabilise Seymour.
‘‘We just made sure to give him a couple of steps and try to contain him . . . and in the full court stuff, just making sure we got back into defence early,’’ Hockley said.
Awaiting Seymour in the grand final next week is Wodonga, which managed to edge out Shepparton by three points.
The two teams have met in the 2015 and 2016 deciders, with the results going different ways each time.
Unlike Wallan, Wodonga has a strong line-up of bigs, which means Seymour might have to look for a different avenue to victory, Hockley said.
‘‘In previous games that’s been something we’ve had over other teams, that no one has been able to match our bigs,’’ he said.
‘‘So our strength against Wodonga is probably going to be in our guards — we’ll hopefully outscore them in that area.’’
Leading from the front:
Free shot: Christian Brock, who scored 13 points, shoots a free throw.