The Maryborough Blazers have had a heartbreaking 11-point loss to end the 2018 portion of the Country Basketball League’s summer season.
Despite the Blazers being able to take the Mildura Heat down back in round two, the Heat was at its hottest on Saturday night in front of a home crowd.
Captain Brady Neill was the first to hit the board for the Blazers, with a two pointer straight off the bat.
He was quickly succeeded by Tom Hurse and Harry Butler, leaving the Blazers just two points behind Mildura with half a term to go.
Continued scoring by Butler, Hurse and successful free throws from Michael Duncan allowed the visiting side to keep pace with the blistering Heat.
A few quick baskets allowed Mildura to take an eight-point lead into the second quarter.
The Heat hogged the ball in the second term, increasing its lead from 11 to 19 points in just three- and-a-half minutes of play.
For more on this story see Page 46 of The Advertiser, Friday, December 14