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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

By Grace Frost

Mitchell Shire’s Country Basketball League teams brought their A game in round 11 at the weekend, reigning victorious with wins in all five of their combined matches.

Wallan’s men’s and women’s kicked off a successful weekend at Wangaratta on Saturday with crushing wins against the Wangaratta Warriors.

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Wallan’s men’s team outscored the Warriors every quarter, Brody Thrum, Ryan Philippe and Ryan Mclay leading the pack with a combined 55 points.

Despite standout performances from Wangaratta’s Ned Turner with 28 points and Samuel Maher with 26 points, a team effort saw the Panthers claim a 115-75 win, with all but one of their 12 players landing points.

Wallan’s women’s team also dominated, the Warriors failing to score more than 11 points each quarter in response to the Panthers’ strong defence.

Ruby Pantisano led the Panthers with 15 points, with nine other scoring players sealing the 81-31 win.

Seymour Blasters’ men’s team started the weekend strong on their home court, downing Mansfield Eagles in a 43-point win.

Despite a close first quarter at only four points the difference, the Blasters stepped up in the second quarter to defend their first-place position on the ladder, refusing to allow the Eagles to score double digits.

Eden Hobbs led the Blasters to victory, sinking three three-pointers and totalling 27 points, outscoring Mansfield’s top two shooters combined.

The men’s team proved they had even more to bring to the court on Sunday, nearly doubling Myrtleford Saints score in a 108-55 win.

Seymour hit the ground running, refusing to allow the Saints to come within a 10 point margin after the first quarter.

The men proved once again their unshakeable offense, with leading point-scorers Tyler Best, Harry Stones, Eden Hobbs and Jordan Hockley leading the scoreboard.

A huge second quarter saw the Blasters score 35 points, putting them in a comfortable 33-point lead that the Saints ultimately were unable to fight back from.

Despite a strong effort from the Saints’ Tyler Barker with 18 points, Myrtleford were no match for Seymour’s men who all put points on the scoreboard.

Seymour supporters had lots to cheer about after the women’s match rounded a perfect scorecard for the Blasters.

The neck-and-neck game saw only one point between the Blasters and the Saints at half time.

Myrtleford’s lead point scorers Abbey Zamperoni and Rebecca Piazza kept the Blasters on their toes, with Seymour down two points at the end of the third quarter.

The game came down to the final minutes, with the Blasters ultimately sealing their victory with 27 points in the last quarter, over the Saints’ 19.

Tayah Watkin scored 26 points, and sits at number one scorer in the north-east women’s season with a season total 160 points, 20 more than second place.

The Blasters have earned their place atop the men’s north-east division ladder having been undefeated so far this season, while Wallan has crawled its way back to third position behind Benalla Breakers.

Seymour and Wallan are third and fourth on the women’s north-east division ladder respectively, behind Wodonga and Albury.

The men’s Panthers will travel to play Benalla at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Seymour’s men’s team and both women’s teams have byes.

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