Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN; Blanchfield's Crocs Want Third Spot

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN; Blanchfield's Crocs Want Third Spot

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Sally Boxall

sally.boxall@dailymercury.com.au

THE SCHEDULE

Each week, NBL player Todd Blanchfield:

Has basketball training every day

Has weight sessions every second day

Gets the day off after a game for recovery

BASKETBALL: The final seven rounds of the NBL shape up as big ones for Mackay's Todd Blanchfield as his Townsville Crocodiles team looks to secure a finals berth.

The Crocs are currently in third place with nine matches left but the Gold Coast Blaze and Cairns Taipans are both hot on their heels a and one team has to miss out.

aWe're not guaranteed that spot just yet,a Blanchfield said.

aWe've still got a few more games to go so hopefully we can lock it in.a

The top two places are already decided, with New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats the clear benchmarks this season.

Blanchfield said their geography made the top two teams tough to beat, with the travel taking its toll on opposing teams.

But Blanchfield said that wasn't an excuse. …

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