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    2019 - 09.21

    CLIMBING HIGH: Matt Hughes flies high on his way to the basket as team mate John Fenton looks on
    Nanjing Night Net

    A DISAPPOINTING team performance from Lithgow Workies Lazers saw them lose their second match on the trot when they went down to Wagga Wagga Heat 76-60.

    The once invincibility of the Lazers on their home court (the ‘Lazerdome’) has now been smashed and the home side was never in the game after a poor start.

    The young athletic Wagga team came out firing with their American import Gage Daye, who is the top scorer in the league, leading the way.

    They were a well drilled, tall and very fast combination and had the Lazers on the back foot from the opening whistle.

    Wagga took the first quarter 14 to 6.

    The Lazers tried to stay with them in the second quarter and scored some good points from steals and fast breaks, but it was still not enough to take the quarter with Wagga adding to their lead by taking the quarter 20-15 to give them a 34-21 lead at the break.

    The third quarter saw the Lazers’ Keiran Osborn, John Fenton and Adam Marjoram step up, scoring some tough baskets.

    It was the Lazers’ best quarter taking it 22-19 giving the home side a glimmer of hope.

    A comeback was not to be with the experience of Wagga’s Gage Daye shining through, leading Wagga to a last quarter 23-17 and ultimately a 76-60 win.

    Daye showed his dominance scoring 32 with good support coming from Zac Maloney (15).

    Lithgow’s top scorers were John Fenton (15) and Kieran Osborn (12).

    The loss was a wake up call for the Lazers who now know what has to be done if they are to emulate last year where they made it through to the grand final.

    The Lazers have a week off and the coaching staff will be working on things to try and turn the season around and to put them back in winners’ circle.

    The team will be using this time to practise some current areas that are letting them down like turnovers, improving the shooting percentages and offensive rebounding which have marred the recent games.

    Lazers next home game is Sunday May 24 at noon against Illawarra Hawks which should be another top contest.

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