After leading the Maryborough Blazers to semi finals this season, coach-captain Brady Neill has been dubbed MVP, leading scorer and named in the All Star Five for his respective Country Basketball League (CBL) division.
Racking up 276 points throughout the season, an average of 21.23 per game, Neill was the North West Men division’s best scorer for the season which saw the Blazers finish in third place on the ladder after a two-point semi-final loss to the Mildura Heat.
Neill was also named in the All- Star Five, classing him in the top five most impactful players within the division’s seven teams.
The Blazers finished their 2018- 19 season with a win-loss ratio of 7- 4, an improvement on their 2017-18 season which saw the side finish in fourth place on the ladder with six wins and five losses.
Neill said the CBL awards recognise not only his own success this season, but the success of the Blazers.
“It’s always good to be recognised within the league, it’s something I appreciate,” he said.
“It was disappointing to finish away and not make the final, but it was successful that we made the semi-final like we aimed to, so we met our goal there.
“Losing by two points wasn’t ideal but there were heaps of upsides throughout the season.
“We had two 18 year olds play big minutes and average double digits, we also had a 17-year-old come in and play extremely well too.”
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