Mansfield Courier

Merrijig and Cowboys win last round

- By MARK BUSCOMBE

WELL, it was the last round of the highly skilled and passionate men’s basketball competitio­n.

The night saw Merrijig take on Murphy Fresh and the Cowboys tackle the Palms in a very interestin­g match to say the least.

Game one was a furious encounter between two teams chasing the win like greyhounds chasing the stuffed rabbit around a track.

Each team giving there absolute all and arriving exhausted and flummoxed at the end of the match.

The lead greyhounds in this game was young guns Jayden Howes and Bailey Vogelzang with 14 points each.

Regan Tait played a blistering game but it wasn’t enough with Merrijig nearly doubling their score.

Game two saw a young Palms team under the expert leadership of the mature John Eisner take the game to the over confident Cowboys and hit half time with a good lead.

The call of “flick it around” was heard all night and it disturbed the Cowboys’ composure causing the lead to grow for the Palms.

The real game changer was Guy Taylor who just goes hard, he was dynamic and fruitful in his attack on the ball.

The Cowboys also had a guest fill in, ‘Stretch’ aka Paul Volkering who played solidly in defence.

Fraser Cameron for the Palms was always in the right place at the right time and ended up putting a lot of points on the board.

Will Foster also had a demographi­c influence on the game with 10 points.

The last 10 minutes saw the Cowboys step up a gear and regain the lead.

As soon as Sam Corden decides to score it is men few and far between who can stand in his way.

At the end of the game the result was a close and well fought out 42-36 in favor of the Cowboys.

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