A week of derby matches in men’s bas­ket­ball

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By MARK BUS­COMBE

FIERCE and bit­ter ri­val­ries were awak­ened again in the Men’s Mans­field Bas­ket­ball League as last sea­son’s grand fi­nal teams faced off.

The skilled and flashy Lob City were pit­ted against the hard at it Mer­ri­jig cham­pi­ons.

We also saw the Out­laws take on the Cow­boys in their on­go­ing feud from the split in 2014.

It was a great week to be in­volved.

In the first game Mer­ri­jig looked to have the young guns sown up and sorted out but they kept press­ing com­ing to within a point in the dy­ing sec­onds.

Jay­den Whizza Howes is killing it this sea­son and this week was no dif­fer­ent, top scor­ing for Mer­ri­jig again and hav­ing a lot of in­flu­ence over the match.

His brother Ja­cob was also very strong both in de­fence and of­fence hit­ting eight points from the floor.

The Vo­gelzang fa­ther and son matched each other with eight points apiece.

For Lob 2.0 it was ev­ery­one do­ing their bit which makes this team a force in the league.

Will Forster is fast, in his think­ing and in his body, mak­ing play and caus­ing a headache to the opposition like a neigh­bour mow­ing the morn­ing af­ter a few beers.

Mer­ri­jig held out and won 38-33.

This is in­ter­est­ing be­cause the Cow­boys cleaned up Mer­ri­jig who were able to de­feat Lob who were able to beat the Cow­boys.

This truly is any­one’s ti­tle this year - un­less you are of course the strug­gling Out­laws or the suf­fer­ing Jun­gle Cats.

Which leads me onto the next game be­tween the “locked and loaded” Cow­boys and the “on the run look­ing for a hide­out” Out­laws.

The Cow­boys had 10 points on the board be­fore Big Brad Col­let hit a shot for the Out­laws.

Sam Cor­den had a field day, hardly miss­ing a shot and ended up with 24 points.

He is hav­ing an epi­cen­tre of a sea­son av­er­ag­ing 18.5 points a game.

The Sher­iff has been de­scribed as many things - skilled, am­bi­tious, strong, good look­ing and hum­ble - but I think we should add avant-garde to the mix af­ter his dar­ing full court, no look, over the head pass to Josh Sparks which ended in a two point score that many be­lieve broke the spirit of The Out­laws and the heart their nat­u­ral leader Brad Freind.

The game score doesn’t ex­plain the heat of bat­tle feel that was present on court that night.

It was a con­test of pas­sion with each team slog­ging it out and giv­ing their all, a bit like two oxen in a field plough­ing a fur­row in the scorched earth, kind of.

Three point­ers were rain­ing down from B Friend, C Hot­ton, S Cor­den, M Speir­ings and the glam­orous P Ma­honey.

Brad Lock­yer for the Out­laws spun and grooved his way to the bas­ket once, which won ad­mi­ra­tion from all in­volved.

No fancy groov­ing was enough, how­ever, as the Cow­boys were clear win­ners, rid­ing away from the shootout with smok­ing guns and sat­is­fied grins on t heir sun bronzed faces, 51 to 32.

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