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Blasters outhustled but then bounce back

A win and a loss for the Seymour men's basketball side in the CBL at the weekend.

CHALPAT SONTI December 4, 2013 4:31am

Robbie Sartori brings the ball up court.


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They came ready for a contest but in the end the class of the Country Basketball League competition favourites was just too much.

That’s the washup from Saturday night’s clash between Seymour and Albury at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.

A game Blasters matched it early but the Cougars were too strong and ruthless, winning 86-65.

Seymour got out of the blocks well, lead by a strong early effort from Tepuao Silver, and had a one-point lead at the first break. Its running game seemed to have come back to it after being neutralised at Albury.

But the Blasters didn’t shoot well after that. Seymour had trouble getting good looks early in the second term - even trying length-of-the-court passes to break the Cougars defence up - and Albury capitalised to lead 47-38 at halftime.

The visitors dominated the third term as well, getting out to a 20-point lead before late three-pointers from Silver and Brett O’Donnell breathed a spark of life back into the Blasters, down by 14 at the final break. But the catch-up basketball required after that was just too much.

Silver finished with 21 points and Matt Boland 10, but Albury had the real stars in Darcy Harding (28) and import Sawyer Dearborn (25).

Seymour coach Craig Hockley said his side came up against a ‘‘very good’’ outfit.

‘‘Their last loss (to Wodonga) spurred them on and their defence was a lot tougher than we we played them last time,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s their SEABL squad which is about three levels up from this but it is good for our guys’ experience.’’

Hockley said his team didn’t box out and let the Cougars dominate the boards, especially offensively, but that could be fixed. Seymour was also hampered by an injury to Robbie Sartori, while Christian Brock didn’t come up for the game.

A Seymour side missing Silver, Boland and Max Viitala travelled to Wangaratta on Sunday and surprised Hockley with the ease of a 68-40 win.

Leo Viitala stepped up to lead all scorers with 25, including four three-pointers, and Brett O’Donnell returned to form with 12, but it was big man Zac Pell who again shone most, backing up the first round game against the Warriors. Up against him was some tall timber, including a seven-footer.

‘‘He did a great job patrolling the boards against their guys,’’ Hockley said.

‘‘I thought we were going to be in for a bit of a struggle after getting up for the Albury game and missing those guys but we ran the ball pretty well, our defence was good and created a lot of turnovers.’’

The Blasters have this weekend off before a home game against Wodonga to round out the year.

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