Dead rubber but plenty of enthusiasm
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.