Blanch­field’s re­place­ment as cool as his big brother

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

HE’S the de­fen­sive nugget fill­ing in for 200cm of ath­letic ex­cite­ment.

But Croc­o­diles de­vel­op­ment player Chris Cedar is adamant he can still be the bright spark off the bench as he fills in for in­jured swing­man Todd Blanch­field. It just won’t be the same.

‘‘ Com­pare me and Todd and we are to­tally dif­fer­ent play­ers,’’ the 22-year-old Cedar said.

‘‘ I’m de­fen­sive minded and Todd has that out­side shot, so it’ll be dif­fer­ent for sure and maybe what’s good for this time of year.’’

Un­der the pres­sure of a top-of-the-ta­ble meet­ing with New Zealand and the sec­ond leg of the road trip lead­ing the Crocs to Wol­lon­gong, the Townsville-bred point guard shows no hint of nerves. With the same steely gaze and cool ex­te­rior that his older brother and Croc­o­diles team­mate Michael speaks with, Cedar wel­comes the competition’s most fear­some chal­lenge which is keep­ing tabs on New Zealand’s Kirk Pen­ney, CJ Bru­ton and Kevin Braswell.

‘‘ I’m ex­cited to play guys like that who are the best in the league,’’ he said.

And Townsville coach Trevor Glee­son has no hes­i­ta­tion in throw­ing Cedar into the match, with the up-and-comer last year thriv­ing at the end of the sea­son when he came into the first team as an in­jury re­place­ment. ‘‘ Chris puts heat on the ball and keeps the ball in front of him, we will cer­tainly look to use that against them ( New Zealand),’’ Glee­son said. ‘‘ They have three point guards and it will be a good ro­ta­tion for us.’’ many of­fen­sive weapons and Kirk Penny is a ma­jor one, but there is CJ ( Bru­ton), ( Kevin) Braswell who can shoot,’’ Craw­ford said.

‘‘ Then you have to battle with Mika ( Vukona) and ( Dil­lon) Boucher with to­tally dif­fer­ent games and you have to go in with a strong scout­ing re­port and mind­set on how to guard each guy and be switched on the whole time.’’

See tonight’s game on ONE HD live from 4.30pm.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.