AND we’re back!
The festivities and pleasantries have been cast aside as everyone returns for the run home.
With three rounds to go there’s plenty to play for with our sides battling it out for finals spots across the conferences.
SOUTH WEST MEN
All hail William the Conqueror. Firing a monumental barrage from the arc, Billy Feben was in season-best form as he nailed 53 in a sensational 107-100 win over Terang. It was an extraordinary clash as the Lions helped build a gap between themselves and the chasing pack with the phenomenal triumph. Feben-mania started early and didn’t halt as he rattled off 10 treys. Justin Wallace (29 points) and Dean Brebner (24 points) were in superb nick for the hosts.
Portland dished out a 94-47 beating to Warrnambool on Saturday night before heading to Mt Gambier on Sunday to receive a 66-88 loss of its own. Adam Lawson (19 points) and Aidan Carroll (11 points) were admirable for the Seahawks on Saturday night, but it was a night for the Coasters from the get-go. From the heights of Saturday, led by Hayden Annett (28 points) and Jed Saunders (19 points), Portland fell away on Sunday as the double-header and the might of the Lakers proved insurmountable. Annett backed up his efforts with a superb 25 on Sunday but the likes of Lachlan Hunter (23 points), Samuel Stafford (18 points) and Braiden Ousey (12 points) pushed the tempo in Mt Gambier’s favour.
Horsham knocked over Geelong 90-76 as Tim Pickert (32 points) and Jeremiah McKenzie (26 points) had a field day at home. Kye Baulch (19 points) and Jack Dunstan (17 points) surged for the Supercats, but in the end the Hornets had all the answers to record their fourth win in five attempts.
SOUTH WEST WOMEN
It was a round of big margins in the South West Women as the likes of Millicent, Horsham and Portland left no stone unturned recommencing their CBL seasons.
Horsham has built a buffer on the chasing pack, which will serve the Hornets well heading into the remaining three rounds of the season. The Hornets shone against Geelong in a 71-46 triumph on Saturday night as Caitlin Story (20 points) and Faith Mckenzie (18 points) led the charge. Breella Case (11 points) and Grace Brown (10 points) were the best of the Supercats’ crew.
In contrasting fortune, Warrnambool went from the hunted to the hunter in a mixed round of results. Portland knocked the socks off Warrnambool in a 90-55 triumph led by Taylah Nelson (17 points) and Alana Strom (17 points) amongst a whole-roster effort while Warrnambool’s Juina Lual (18 points) and Kathryn Aitken (12 points) proved gallant for the hosts.
The Seahawks bounced back on Sunday though to execute a 102-58 triumph over Terang… even with only six players suiting up. Taking their inaugural win of the season, the stellar effort was spearheaded by Jae Leddin (28 points), Juina Lual (22 points) and Abbey Sutherland (17 points). Hannah Anderson (16 points) was the best of the Terang tyros in league with Leah Bartlett (12 points).
It was a tough weekend across the board for the Tornadoes as the Magic blew into town on Saturday to deliver a 107-45 defeat. Olivia Fuller (24 points), Emily Winter (23 points) and Georgia Winter (20 points) sparked the Magic’s success while the hosts were led by Libby Moloney (13 points) and Leah Bartlett (10 points).
NORTH EAST MEN
Wallan has kept itself in contact with the top four following a 71-58 triumph over Wodonga. In the must-win battle, the Panthers surged to its fourth win in five attempts following the outstanding performances of Maxwell Viitala (21 points), Luke Liesegang (17 points) and the long-range bombing of Lincoln Stewart (14 points). Bailey Lloyd (14 points) and Josh McKay (13 points) toiled for the Wolves.
Shepparton made light work of Wangaratta, storming the Warriors’ castle in a 80-51 rout. Jordan Michel (16 points) and Nick Dodd (14 points) led an even performance from the entire Gators’ roster while Michael Jenkins (20 points) carried the Wangaratta scoring.
NORTH EAST WOMEN
In the solitary clash of the new season in the North East Women, Shepparton proved too powerful for Wangaratta with a 64-34 triumph. Rhianna Barton (13 points) and Tammy Goyne (12 points) shone for the Gators while the Warriors were led by Chloe Storer and Soraya Richardson (nine points each).