Blazers bag big wins in last rounds before finals

The Maryborough Blazers dominated its opponents over the weekend, with both the men’s and women’s sides performing well at their away games as finals draw near.

The men’s Blazers were in for a fight against the league’s number one team, Echuca on Saturday.

The two side’s had met just once this season back in round two where Maryborough took home an easy 33- point win, but with nearly a full season under the Pirates’ belt at the weekend, the game proved to be tougher competition.

Echuca was the first to put a score on the board with a three-pointer in the first minute of the match.

Maryborough’s Matthew Johnston was quick to remedy this with a three-pointer of his own, but Echuca came back with a series of quick scores, managing to stay ahead by at least five points for the remainder of the quarter.

With scores sitting at 20-15 entering the second term, the Blazers were desperate to make some headway, but the frustration continued as Echuca managed to keep up.

The Pirates held the Blazers’ tally at 20 for nearly two minutes until a free throw from Dale Hickey appeared to briefly break Maryborough’s stagnant score.

However, the Pirates continued to dance ahead, finishing the quarter in front 43-33.

Despite the likes of Brady Neill and Hickey putting some points on the board during the third term, Echuca could not be caught as it continued to pile on the points.

Some fast play towards the end of the term finally gave the Blazers some hope and a succession of fast scores by Hickey in the dying moments of the quarter saw the side leap ahead of the Pirates 56-52.

For more on this story see Page 38 of The Advertiser, Friday, January 18

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