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It took 5 minutes and 2 seconds for Bullen to finally score the first points of the game in what could only be best described as a “defensive struggle”. The game albeit low scoring in the first quarter was relatively balanced until Luke Keogh hit a tough buzzer beating three to end the first.
Bullen mounted a 37-19 lead by the end of the second quarter using their superior length to take advantage of Ballarat’s undersized frontcourt.
By the 3rd quarter the lead had ballooned out to 25 points due to Ballarat’s inability to penetrate and finish in the paint forcing Ballarat into tough contested outside shots.
Ballarat Coach Travish Hewsih said “Our lack of size is a huge problem for us and will continue to hurt us against top five sides”
Even with the game decided early on Bullen didn’t let up, finishing with a 30 point margin of victory. Lachlan Godden dominated the paint for Bullen, scoring 22 points on his way to taking home MVP honours
In other matches there was a 42 all tie between Ballarat and Melbourne 2 in the U/16 boys and in the girls U/18’s Ballarat defeated Melbourne 2, 65-47.