Blasters easily win opening two games of Country Basketball League season.By Chalpat Sonti
Two out of two is a great way to start the season, if a little unusual for Seymour’s mens basketball side in recent years, but the Blasters have plenty of positives — and improvement — from the weekend’s Country Basketball league games.
Normally slow starters to the season, Seymour dispelled that with a powerhouse 25-7 opening quarter against defending champions Shepparton at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre on Saturday night, with most of the Gators scoring coming late in the term.
The Blasters shot well and defended even better. The side then withstood a Shepparton second and third quarter fightback before the turning point late in the third term.
Young Jordan Hockley nailed a clutch three-pointer when the side seemed to have stalled and that was enough for Seymour to get away again en route to a 72-54 win.
‘‘That was a good sign for us,’’ coach Craig Hockley said.
‘‘Previously we would have waited for Robbie (Sartori) to do something to get us going but the young guys really stepped up as we hoped they would.’’
Jordan Hockley led all scorers with 16, with Sartori and another youngster Leo Viitala contributing 15 each. Craig Hockley also praised big Zac Pell for his rebounding and presence, especially with the absence of Christian Brock and Brett O’Donnell.
It was even easier on a warm Sunday afternoon as the Blasters took care of Wangaratta 77-52.
‘‘That was a different game,’’ Hockley said.
‘‘With all their bigs they were going to be hard but they struggled to try and guard against our offence. We were just too quick.’’
Pell again stood out — with Julian Connors in the wings if needed — against a host of them.
Sartori was outstanding, with 31 points, while Jack Murphy probably played his best game of the year and Max Viitala also stepped up, contributing 10 points along with Connors.
Seymour has a bye this weekend, before a home clash against Echuca on November 2.
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