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Canberra gunned down as Massingale catches fire

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Jon Tuxworth

The Canberra Gunners were given a first-hand view of why Knox star CJ Massingale is rated one of the best players to grace the SEABL in a 111-77 loss in Melbourne yesterday.

The guard racked up 29 points, four assists and three rebounds to almost singlehandedly consign the Gunners to their 11th straight loss.

Massingale, last year named in SEABL's 30-year anniversary All Star team, shot 67 per cent from the field in an offensive master class.

He was particularly dominant in the second quarter, a term the Raiders won 40-19 to set up the victory.

The Gunners also lost the first leg of its road trip to Kilsyth 67-43 on Saturday night, and the side remains on the bottom of the eastern conference.

Canberra's cause wasn't helped by the loss of captain Jono Miller to a groin injury early in the match against Kilsyth.

''In the second quarter he [Massingale] got going and took over, he was the difference right there,'' Gunners coach Cameron Barnes said. ''He's a great player and we always know he's going to get his points, today he caught fire early and once he gets going it's hard to stop.''

Point guard Mark Lacey was outstanding for the Gunners with 22 points and nine rebounds.

In the women's competition, the Canberra Capitals Academy also suffered two losses in Victoria.

They backed up a 69-49 loss to Kilsyth with a 55-32 defeat to Knox yesterday.

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AT A GLANCE

SEABL round nine: Men: Kilsyth 67 bt Canberra 43; Knox 111 bt Canberra 77. Women: Kilsyth 69 bt Canberra 49; Knox 55 bt Canberra 32.

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