Blanchfield’s replacement as cool as his big brother
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.’’
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