CBL | Benalla Breakers fail to lift against Seymour Blasters

By Meg Saultry

Starting a double-header weekend for Benalla, Saturday night’s match-up with perennial big shots Seymour was a chance for the Breakers to challenge themselves against the best in the business.

But it was Seymour’s defensive pressure, along with the pace of duo Jack Murphy (22 points) and Robbie Sartori (13), which broke open the game for the Blasters, with the home side eventually going on to record a convincing 29-point win.

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With the Breakers and Blasters coming off losses in their respective season openers, each club had plenty to play for.

And it was a willful contest in the opening half, the Blasters just edging ahead for a three, and then seven-point lead after the opening two quarters.

But it was the Blasters’ third term dominance, shooting 21-9, which soon put the Breakers on the ground, unable to come back.

“We were competitive up until half-time,” Benalla coach Wally Armstrong said.

“But we had some lapses, and our third quarter had lapses.

“Then we put the cue in the rack with some players.”

With a second match to play the following day, the Breakers decided to manage players ahead of a tough 14-hour turnaround.

“We had a look at our bench, rested some players for Sunday with the hope we’d bring home the win,” Armstrong said. 

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And while some would say a 18-point deficit is still achievable to rope back, Armstrong said it was more useful for the team to get valuable playing time into its younger players.

“Experienced sides like Seymour don’t let you back in from 18 points,” the coach said.

“As a coach you make a choice.

“You live by the sword, and you die by the sword.”