The Maryborough Blazers’ two representative sides have made an unsuccessful start to the 2017-18 Country Basketball League season, going down to the Horsham Hornets on Saturday.
Despite boasting the home court advantage for the round one clash at the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre, the men’s Blazers side couldn’t keep pace with Horsham in a 62-52 loss while the Lady Blazers went down by 19 points.
In the men’s game, Maryborough gave Horsham a five-point head-start and the Blazers could not pull back the deficit, never hitting the lead for the remainder of the game.
As he did in almost every contest of last season, Brady Neill led the scoring for Maryborough, putting up 20 points, including nine from the perimeter.
Jacob Postle and Dale Hickey were also influential, scoring 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Lady Blazers were in their contest with Horsham for longer, recovering from a 15-7 first quarter in favour of Hornets to tie the scores at 26-all at halftime.
Scores remained close deep into the third quarter before Horsham went on a 9-1 scoring run in the final four minutes of the penultimate quarter to open up a decisive 12- point lead at the last break.
Teenager Keely Hare led Mary- borough’s scoring with 13 points while Tori Chandler put up 11 and Maggie Tranter shot 10.
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