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Mitchell Shire showdown beckons after Blasters defend home court

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SEYMOUR Blasters’ men staged a triumphant return to their home court at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre with a pair of dominant wins in round six of the Country Basketball League.

The Blasters made short work of their north-east division opponents, dispatching Myrtleford Saints 116-69 on Saturday night and the Benalla Breakers 95-63 on Sunday.

Forward Keenan Gorski was the star the show on Saturday, scoring 46 points to singlehandedly prove the difference between the two sides.
Gorski showcased an ability to score from all levels of the court, while Abraham Solano, Tyler Best and Jack Murphy chomed in with 32 points between them.

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While Saints captain Tyler Barker was a standout for the visitors with 25 points of his own, Myrtleford was unable to match Seymour’s firepower.

Gorski sat out Sunday’s game against Benalla, but it did little to slow Seymour’s offence.

Jordan Hockley led the team with 22 points, hitting four three-pointers, while Best notched 21 of his own.

Jack Murphy, 12 points, Harry Stornes, 10, and Robbie Sartori, 11, were the other Blasters to reach double figures, while centre Tom O’Connor came close with eight.

Eric Miraflores, 23, Sam Beks, 18, and Lachlan Kego, 15, provided the bulk of Benalla’s offence.

Seymour’s women also played host to Myrtleford on Saturday, beating the Saints 85-63.

Young gun Maddison Ford led the team with 30 points, hitting three three-pointers and a team high five free-throws.

Olivia Pearce’s 14 points were handy, with Tayha Watkins notching 11.

Abbey and Paige Zamperoni combined to score 37 of Myrtleford’s 63 points for the game.

While Wallan’s women had a round six bye, the Panthers’ men had an impressive home win of their own, downing the Mansfield Eagles 89-47.

A strong defensive effort in the first quarter set the tone for Saturday night’s game at RB Robson Stadium, with the Panthers restricting the Eagles to just six points for the term.

Riley McLay led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points, just ahead of Jayden O’Brien, 16, Ryan Philippe, 12, and Dion Stacey, 12.

Cam Anderson’s 15 points were the sole double-digit scoring total for Mansfield.

This weekend will see a Mitchell Shire showdown between Wallan and Seymour at Wallan’s RB Robson Stadium, with the women playing a 6pm and the men squaring off at 8pm.

Seymour, the reigning champion in both men’s and women’s competition, is guarding top spot on the ladder in both games.

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