Men’s and Lady Blazers topple opponents to head into CBL grand finals

Zac Mortlock works his way forward under immense pressure from Castlemaine during the CBL semi-final win on Saturday night.

The Maryborough Blazers have made history with both the men’s and women’s squads qualifying for the Country Basketball League (CBL) grand final for the first time ever.

Brutal back-to-back semi-final wins on Saturday night have granted the two local teams tickets into the grand final where they will both face the Bendigo Braves.

The Lady Blazers will now make their championship debut, with the side never before making the grand final while it’s been a long time between drinks for the men with Maryborough not appearing on the big stage since 1997.

Zara Arhanghelschi bends backwards to shoot at goal.

A roaring home crowd turned out to the double header semi finals on Saturday night, with the women taking on Echuca and the men fighting Castlemaine for their spots.

The Lady Blazers got off to a cracking start, outscoring the visitors 28-17 in the first quarter of the night, an impressive start given Echuca had defeated the side by five points just over a month ago.

Echuca came out firing in the second, landing 18 points to Maryborough’s 15 shaving the deficit down to just eight points by half time.

For more on this story see the Back Page of The Advertiser, Friday, February 4

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