In the first quarter of their opening match for the season the Seymour Blasters produced one of their finest efforts for many years.
With accurate shooting and extremely tight defence, the team scored 30 points while keeping the Wangaratta Warriors to only four.
With this start, coach Craig Hockley was able to give all his bench a run and while Wangaratta closed the gap in the second quarter, the Blasters still led 56 to 19.
Seymour had a distinct height advantage and this showed by totally out rebounding Wangaratta, particularly in defence.
The Warriors started with a mini scoring rush in the third quarter and the Blasters appeared to be trying too many spectacular moves which did not always come off.
The Warriors also threw up several three pointers but were still outscored 16 to 10 for Seymour to lead 72 to 29 at the three-quarter whistle.
In the final quarter again the Warriors shot the first seven points and continued to hit their three pointers to win the quarter 15 to 11 with the final score still a convincing win to Seymour 83 to 44.
A feature of the home team’s play was several slick passes from Jordan Hockley.
Indicative of the style of the match was Wangaratta hit 14 three pointers against Seymour’s four.
Newly recruited, tall Liam Killey led the scoring with 14 points with Robbie Sartori (13), Jordan Hockley (12) and Leo Viitala (10) also in double figures.
The other feature of the scoreboard was that every player produced a score.
The Seymour Lady Blasters on the other hand suffered a heartbreaking loss.
Having led at quarter time 12 to four through some excellent rebounding at both ends of the court and a couple of clever steals, they allowed the Wangaratta Warriors Women to score the first nine points of the second quarter to level the score at half-time, 22 all.
With better defence, blocking and shooting the Seymour Ladies moved out to lead 37 to 29 at the end of the third quarter and started the last quarter well.
At one stage they had a lead of nine points and appeared to be running away from the visitors.
However Wangaratta rallied and were only two points down with 22.6 seconds to play.
But a clever intercept and a lay up by the visitors for two points in the last second equalled the score at 49 all. Five minutes of extra time were heartbreaking for the home team.
Wangaratta completely outplayed the Seymour Ladies and although Coach Craig Hockley swung the changes they could not stop the Warriors Women who ran away with 16 points to nil.
Final score 64 to 49 in the visitors’ favour.
Main scorers for the Seymour Ladies were tall Leah Swain (who could not find the basket early) 14 and Rosie O’Sullivan 13.
The next match this weekend is away to the Wodonga Wolves.
— Ted Gray