The Blasters have bowed out of finals contention in a disappointing semi-final loss to the Shepparton Gators in the weekend, 61 to 53.JENNA BISHOP February 5, 2014 4:51am
Robbie Sartori brings the ball up court.Seymour Telegraph on 4/12/2013 CAPTION: Robbie Sartori brings the ball up court.
The Blasters have bowed out of finals contention in a disappointing semi-final loss to the Shepparton Gators in the Country Basketball League’s North East competition at the weekend.
The Blasters lost 61 to 53 in a home match at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre on Saturday night.
The loss marks the third consecutive time the Blasters have been knocked out of finals contention in the same round by Shepparton.
Coach Craig Hockley admitted the team didn’t get off to a great start, letting the Gators take the lead.
‘‘They got off to a good start with a nine-point lead,’’ he said.
Eventually the Blasters closed the gap and were only trailing by three in the final quarter, but couldn’t convert their offensive tactics into points to take the lead.
‘‘We just couldn’t make the basket when we needed,’’ Hockley said.
Top scorers for the Blasters were TePuao Silver on 19 and Robbie Sartori with 14.
‘‘We played defensively and kept the score to 60, but offensively we weren’t as fluent as in previous games,’’ Hockley said.
‘‘Shepparton played pretty hard, tough defence.’’
Hockley said the Blasters found it difficult to create a rhythm in the game and level up with the Gators’ players.
‘‘We just found it tough to match up with their players.’’
Hockley said despite the loss, it had been a good, positive year for the development of the team, especially for some of the younger players.
‘‘The young guys have been improving a lot and they’ve contributed in several games,’’ he said.
He said the team was already looking forward to the next season and building on the positive work the players had already put in, with the possible return of some of the team’s experienced players.
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