Dead rub­ber but plenty of enthusiasm

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

DE­SPITE it be­ing a dead rub­ber, the first game of the fi­nal round of the Mans­field Men’s Sum­mer Se­ries Bas­ket­ball was played with all the enthusiasm of pre­vi­ous rounds.

Men-O-War looked well in con­trol in the first half against the Palms with Wai-kwong Chan hit­ting six points from some good drives.

Nathan Barg­er­bos made a guest ap­pear­ance for ap­prox­i­mately 18 min­utes be­fore be­ing fouled off and in the process MOW took their foot off the pedal al­low­ing the Palms to charge back.

Jar­rod Hue­ston hit 15 points and Shannon Wool­ley eight.

Af­ter a few trav­els MOW re­alised they were in trou­ble and tried to lift the pace but in the end the Palms hung onto the ball in a nar­row 25 to 21 win.

Al­though the Ea­gles were safe in top spot in game two, a win for Mer­ri­jig would en­sure a dou­ble chance in the fi­nals.

Ben Vo­gelzang was strong as usual for Mer­ri­jig and shot 13 points with some good re­bounds and Jayden Howes made some good moves to hit seven points.

The Ea­gles were a bit un­der­manned and Vo­gelzang’s re­bounds stopped Tyler Chisholm get­ting his usual, dam­ag­ing fast breaks re­sult­ing in a close, half time score.

John Eis­ner has­sled in of­fence all night and sur­pris­ingly hit eight points thanks to some nice in­side passes from Kane Blunt with Jeremy Ven­e­man re­turn­ing to make a cou­ple of nice bas­kets.

In a tight fin­ish, how­ever, Mer­ri­jig hung on to a nar­row 32 to 30 win.

Game three was a prac­tice match for the High Coun­try Cow­boys who ended up play­ing Mer­ri­jig in­stead of the aptly names For­feit­ers.

Brad Friend hit a cou­ple of his usual out­side shots with Peter In­gomels mak­ing some good in­side moves.

Scott Mark­wick qui­etly hit sev­eral bas­kets and Mark Bus­combe sur­prised even him­self with a top scor­ing, pranc­ing at­tack on the bas­ket.

Mo­men­tar­ily con­fus­ing rugby with bas­ket­ball, Brad Lock­yer made some strong base­line moves but in the end it was Mer­ri­jig that fur­ther re­fined their game in a 30 to 20 win.

TRIPLE TREATS: Win­ners and run­ners up in the Mans­field Bowls Club ladies Triples cham­pi­onships (from left) Colleen Leeds, Mar­garet Buchanan, Noreen O’Brien, Bon­nie Pur­cell, Pam ZierkMa­honey and Carolyn Close.

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