Blazers suffer shock loss before first final

The Maryborough Blazers have suffered a shock two-point loss to the Castlemaine Cannons on Saturday in their last home and away game of the 2018-19 Country Basketball League season.

The Blazers’ easy round one victory over the Cannons seemed a distant memory on Saturday night.

Though Maryborough led by over 10 points at several stages throughout the game, Castlemaine’s fight allowed them to keep up and ultimately overcome a much higher ranked side.

Lachlan Drummond was the first to hit the board, starting off a solid night of scoring which in the end saw him contribute over a quarter of Maryborough’s final total.

Castlemaine was quick to reply with a two, but Maryborough managed to break away mid-quarter to lead 6-11.

The Cannons fired consecutively with just one minute on the clock, to take the lead 15-13 at quarter time.

The Blazers started their second quarter campaign strongly, with Drummond and captain Brady Neill adding a combined 10 points to the board while keeping the Cannons away from the hoop for almost half the term.

The Blazers had a 21-point second quarter, almost solely thanks to Neill with the exception of Drummond’s four and a two pointer from Jason Stewart in his season debut.

For more on this story see Page 36 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 1

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