Seymour Blasters picked up where they left off as the Country Basketball League season resumed earlier this month, remaining undefeated in the north-east division men’s competition.
The league resumed play on January 7, with Seymour playing a double header in round 13.
The Blasters easily dispatched the Albury Cougars 102-63 at home, with Jordan Hockley putting up a season-best 24 points, including five three-pointers.
Seymour travelled to Mansfield the following day to take on the Eagles, again winning easily, 80-49, behind 17 points from Keenan Gorski and 16 from Tyler Best.
In round 14 on Sunday, the Blasters chalked up another dominant victory, romping to a 114-64 win against the Wangaratta Warriors on the road.
While Best, 24 points, and Gorski, 23, again led the team, younger players like Eden Hobbs, 18, and Zac Donoghue, 10, got court time to show their abilities.
The Wallan Panthers’ men had a round 13 bye but returned to action with a surprise 20-point loss to the Myrtleford Saints on Sunday.
The Panthers were outscored 62-82 on their home court. For Wallan, only Ryan Philippe, 21, Luke Liesegang, 14, and Riley Mclay, 12, notched double figures.
The result, combined with a pair of wins for Benalla Breakers, saw Wallan slip to third place on the ladder, while undefeated Seymour sits comfortably atop with two rounds remaining.
This weekend the Blasters host Wodonga Wolves at 7.30pm on Saturday before travelling to face Benalla on Sunday.
Wallan will play a single game in round 15, hosting Albury Cougars at RB Robson Stadium at 3pm Sunday.
There was less action in the women’s north-east division, with Seymour’s January 7 game against Albury abandoned after five minutes when the Cougars’ Jade McCowan was seriously injured.
Wallan was awarded a forfeit win against the Shepparton Lady Gators the following day, meaning both teams had to wait for round 14.
On Saturday, Seymour was also handed a walkover win against Shepparton before beating Wangaratta Warriors 66-50 on Sunday.
Tayha Watkins played one of her best games in an already dominant season for Seymour, scoring 32 points.
Wallan downed Myrtleford 77-53 on the back of a dominant third quarter, with Carley Cranston, 16 points, Kaitlyn Bickerton, 13, and Ruby Pantisano, 10, scoring.
This weekend Seymour’s women will host Wodonga Lady Wolves at 5.30pm Saturday, with Wallan also at home to Albury at 1pm Sunday.