Blazers’ season ends with narrow four-point loss

The menʼs Blazersʼ finals team (back) Lachlan Drummond, Liam Murphy, Jason Stewart, Tom Hurse, Brady Neill, Jake Postle, (front) Trent Mortlock, Michael Duncan, Dale Hickey, Harrison Butler and Zac Mortlock. Absent: Jye Mortlock and Jacob Rollason.

Much like the Lady Blazers, season 2017-18 has come to a disappointing end for the men’s Blazers’ side.

Taking on Horsham during Saturday’s final, both sides were neck-and-neck until the final moments of the match, but the Blazers could not keep the Hornets down long enough to get ahead, eventually suffering a narrow, four- point defeat.

Horsham opened the first quarter with a score but Maryborough made a quick response.

The first half of the quarter saw level playing scores, with the sides tied 7-all five minutes into the match.

However, a series of unanswered scores from the Hornets saw the side take the lead, leaving the Blazers at a 12-7 disadvantage.

Despite a valiant effort, Maryborough was unable to pull ahead for the remainder of the match, spending the second and third quarter trailing just behind Horsham’s tally.

The Blazers brought some energy back into play towards the end of the third quarter, but could not sustain the effort as Horsham once again drew ahead.

The fourth quarter saw the Blazers make a final attempt at a comeback, with four minutes left on the clock, a score by Jason Stewart brought the Blazers into the lead 55-54.

Jye Mortlock followed the score with a two-pointer to give the side a further three-point advantage.

But the victory was not to last as Horsham’s Tim Pickerts levelled the score 57 all.

With just two minutes remaining, both sides picked up points, but the Hornets steadily drew ahead, holding the Blazers at 59 for the final moments of the match.

A desperate three-pointer by Dale Hickey brought the Blazers score to 62, but there was not time to get ahead as the final siren saw the side defeated 66-62.

Jye Mortlock having free throws in an effort to add to the Blazersʼ tally.

For more on this story see Page 45 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 9.

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