CBL – Round 11/12 Review

Bacchus Marsh made an impressive jump from fourth to second place this week with final second points deciding the wins.  

NORTH WEST MEN

Back to back wins for Bacchus Marsh highlighted the Lions fortitude for finals. Their first match against Swan Hill Flyers saw Jordan Kirk (26 points) hit them from everywhere to continue his confident season so far, final 71-89 margin. Sam Byron (15 points), Max Beaumont (13 points) and Jake Raynor (12 points) also shone on court to perform with precision.

In another tense match for Bacchus Marsh, Echuca Pirates gave Lions a run for their money. Scores fluctuated but Lions won in the end, 55-53. Tyler Phillips (16 points) and Matthew Parker (14 points) displayed sturdy efforts at opposite ends of the court for the respective teams.

Castlemaine also came into their Sunday match with a mission to avenge Saturday’s scoreline. In a nail-biter of a finish, Castlemaine stirred the pot with Bendigo Braves in an electric final minute comeback to swoop in and shoot their way to a one-point victory, 88-87.

NORTH WEST WOMEN

Taking their conquests to Swan Hill, Bendigo Braves showed up the Flyers in a showdown spelling success for Braves. The final 75-48 score came as a result of the dynamic movement Braves executed across the court.

After a quiet week in her last match before the Christmas break, Sharna Appleby (24 points) entered the new year with a revamped determination. Brianna Burt (16 points), Hayley Harrington (14 points) and Tahnee Cannon (nine points) shared majority of the load to keep Braves on track to take home the gold at finals.

NORTH EAST MEN

Coming in only one win behind Seymour, Shepparton Gators shook up the ladder this week to steal Seymour’s third place position with a 68-63 win, knocking the Blasters down to fourth. Gators took use of their free throw attempts to triple Seymour’s free throws made, 12-4. Jack Murphy (16 points) and Thomas O’Connor (15 points) fought well to keep Blasters in with a chance. Jordan Michael (30 points) added a big tally to his stat-sheet and Gator’s winning score.

Top of the table took on the bottom in Round 11 with the undefeated Wallan Panthers taking on seventh placed Wodonga Wolves. The Panthers formidable force couldn’t be calmed this week as they claimed their eleventh straight victory, 107-68. Wodonga’s Darcy Skepper (14 points) whipped out some big shots, making four impressive three-pointers, while Wallan’s Maxwell Viitala (37 points) who set the benchmark for points this week, leading the way for the Panthers.

Myrtleford Saints and Wangaratta Warriors have had their games rescheduled for Friday 24 January.

NORTH EAST WOMEN

The battle between North East Women’s top two sides was the perfect match up to return to after the break.

Wallan’s efforts weren’t enough to bring Wodonga’s winning streak to an end, as the Wolves backed to take their 11th win of the season with a decisive 76-58 result. Melanie Kirby (18 points), Charlotte Beavan (15 points) and Caitlin Reid (13 points) shared the scoring for their team’s victory, while Carley Cranston (20 points) flaunted her skills in Panther’s offence.

In a fierce fight to the finish, the 62-59 win for Seymour was cemented by a foul on Gemma Kerr (five points) that allowed Dyani Ananiev (20 points) to secure last-minute points with two needed free throws. Maddison Ford’s (16 points) consistency in the key was crucial for Blasters success, alongside Ananiev and Lucy Zotti (10 points).

Myrtleford Saints and Wangaratta Warriors have had their games rescheduled for Friday 24 January.

SOUTH WEST MEN

Across the South West Men’s Conference three victors achieved triple digit final scores.Horsham and Warrnambool started the round with benchmark scores. Horsham held a top three ladder spot with a 107-91 win over Terang. Warrnambool accomplished a landslide of a win against Stawell, 111-39.

A 98-88 triumph for Portland against Ararat allowed the Coasters to move up on the ladder. Despite not being able to back up the win on the Sunday, Bellarine conquering the court 83-78, Portland’s weekend efforts were still enough to land fourth place on the ladder.

Mt Gambier took a 92-80 win over the Bellarine to show the storm up. Kyle Tipene (25 points) and Simon Berkefeld (24 points) tore it up for the Lakers. Bellarine held their own when it came to three pointers to secure seven big bombs across the match.

In other scores, Colac Kookas led the score from their first touch to secure a 75-61 win against Millicent Magic. Terang turned their luck around to see out a 131-41 victory against Stawell. Scott Judd (23 points) ended the weekend on a thrilling tally – with his 54 points splashed with 12 three pointers.

SOUTH WEST WOMEN

Mt Gambier Lakers took out back to back wins this weekend, starting with a 67-65 tight contest against Bellarine before nearly tripling Colac Kookas on the Sunday, 74-25. Unfortunate for Colac, this resulted in no wins for the weekend, let alone their season thus far.

Millicent Magic also threw down the hammer in Round 12, warming up with a dominant 69-40 blowout against Kookas on the Saturday. Magic then achieved a 70-67 win over top spot holders, Warrnambool Mermaids. Emily Winter (22 points) really was magic for Millicent to rack up a combined 43 points over the weekend.

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