SOUTH WEST MEN Cruising up to fourth on the South West Men’s ladder, Bacchus Marsh rose on the back of its 114-72 victory over Ararat at home. The win was…
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Cruising up to fourth on the South West Men’s ladder, Bacchus Marsh rose on the back of its 114-72 victory over Ararat at home. The win was inspired by the amazing perimeter shooting of Max Beaumont (42 points) – dropping eight treys – as well as some sharp work across the floor from Jordan Kirk (25 points). DJ Woods (25 points) and Zac Dunmore (15 points) were best for the Redbacks in the defeat.
96-81 was the result of a textbook victory for Bellarine as the Storm took out Ararat to move to 4-0 in their debut season. Josiah King (25 points) and Ash Cannan (21 points) led the way for the Storm while DJ Woods (25 points) flew for the Redbacks. Bellarine swept the weekend with a 94-78 win over Colac on Saturday night. Colac executed an emphatic 96-60 win over Warrnambool to continue help get the Kookas on the scoreboard in season 2018/19.
Terang earned its second win of the season with a thrilling 85-78 victory over Hamilton on the road. Jake Barlett (19 points), Justin Wallace (12 points) and Toby Mahony (10 points) led from the front against the likes of Jack English (18 points) and Sam Brewer (18 points).
Mt Gambier took out its fifth win on the trot in convincing fashion over Portland – 86-42. Kane de Wit (25 points) was almighty for the Lakers to maintain their winning streak atop the CBL South West Men’s Conference.
Portland did a similar job of knocking over the Seahawks in a 88-59 result. Ash Hill (20 points) and Brock Carter (15 points) helped the Coasters take out the triumph while the Seahawks were led by Jarra Blackney-Noter, Tanna Blackney-Noter and Adam Lawson (10 points each).
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Colac shone to swing through Round 4 with a pair of wins over Warrnambool and Bellarine. Jessie Lang (24 points), Georgia Finn (13 points) and Michelle Winch (13 points) starred in the 69-52 over the Mermaids while the home side was well served by Jae Leddin (19 points) and Juina Lual (16 points). The Storm were no match for the Kookas either as Colac defended home court in style with a 63-53 victory. Winch (16 points), Jessie Lang (14 points) and Finn (10 points) shone again while the visitors were led by Raini Matthews (15 points).
Portland took top spot with a pair of wins over Warrnambool, in the cross-town showdown, as well as Terang. The Coasters powered past the Mermaids 71-60 in an emphatic performance on Saturday before knocking over Terang 93-46 to round out the weekend in style.
The weekend didn’t pan out all that well for Terang with its earlier 57-89 loss to Millicent. While Leah Bartlett (20 points) and Brittany Hyland (10 points) held their own, it wasn’t enough to switch off the Magic, led by starring tandem Olivia Fuller (26 points) and Emily Winter (25 points).
But the golden start for Millicent was met with a 63-69 loss at the hands of Horsham. The conference that continues to throw up close calls and amazing finishes didn’t stop in the South West as Horsham held on against the fast-finishing Magic. Emily Winter (24 points) was superb as always in league with Laura Scultz (12 points) but the honours went to Hornets’ quartet Caitlin Story (17 points), Faith McKenzie (13 points), Georgia Hiscock (11 points) and Emalie Iredell (11 points).
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Saturday raged into flames as the Heat, Blazers and Cannons all fired off some big shots to tip off CBL Round 4.
Mildura shone in an 82-75 win over Bendigo to get its season on track in style. Dallas Brown (17 points), Jay Madigan (12 points) and Zane Lueth (12 points) were productive for the Heat in the sensational victory while Rhys Brown (25 points) and Tremayne Hurst (15 points) were dominant for the vanquished Braves.
Maryborough shot the lights out in a 112-41 rout of Swan Hill. In a shared effort, Brady Neill (22 points), Harry Butler (20 points) and Liam Murphy (14 points) launched into the weekend for the Blazers while Isaiah Bull (nine points) led the Flyers.
Swan Hill’s Sunday was a lot more competitive but the side couldn’t take the win after an 80-89 defeat by Bendigo. Rhys Brown (26 points), Liam Ly (25 points) and Tremayne Hurst (15 points) were potent for the Braves while Lachlan Gardner (29 points) had a field day for the Flyers.
Echuca split its weekend with a 76-102 loss to Castlemaine corrected on Sunday as the Pirates took an 86-65 victory over Kyneton. The Cannons proved too powerful for the Pirates to handle as Cameron Devereaux (26 points) stole the show alongside Riley O’Shea (16 points). Glenn Hopson (19 points) and Luke Rosendale (12 points) led the charge for Echuca on Saturday. It turned around rapidly though as a good night’s sleep proved the difference to get Echuca over the line by 21 points over the Tigers. Luke Rosendale (21 points) and Tyler Phillips (19 points) charted a direct course to the scoreboard while Carson McSweeney (18 points) was Kyneton’s best.
Warragul, Moe and Maffra have distinguished themselves early in this CBL season as they’ve rocketed ahead after the opening four rounds. Warragul’s clean sweep over Korumburra and Western Port on the weekend showcased the Warriors’ intent around this season as they posted and 82-37 and 85-51 results. From all parts did it rain on Saturday as Mihailo Kalus (21 points), Murray Myers (15 points) and Jarrod Castle (10 points) reigned supreme. Nicholas Prowd (22 points) lived up to his name as he kept the Wildcats’ scoreboard ticking over.
Warragul shot to the top of the pops with a 34-point win over Western Port led by Castle (16 points), James Portbury (12 points) and Riley Pollard (10 points) while the Steelers were stoically led by Thomas Bahen (17 points).
Maffra powered past Churchill 117-73 to continue its storming start to the year as Sam Whelan (26 points) and Andrew Quirk (23 points) soared for the Eagles. Nicholas Michaelides (14 points) was the best of the Blue Devils’ bunch. Churchill returned to form as it knocked the wind out of Moe’s sails 91-86. Robert Michaelides (24 points) and Jeremy Sheers (20 points) and BIG V perennial star Vashon Weaver (10 points) were in supreme form against the likes of Harry Pepper (21 points) and Billy Bundle (20 points).
Sale rounded out the weekend with an 83-74 victory over Traralgon led by Billy Hughes (29 points), Marcus Cope (21 points) and Luke Williams (16 points). Christian D’Angelo’s (28 points) strong start to the season continued for the T-Birds alongside Trent Everett (16 points).
Taking the results across the weekend’s three clashes were Korumburra, Moe and Traralgon. Showcasing how close this conference can be, Traralgon split their weekend double-header, losing to Moe on Saturday night at home before bouncing back on the road against Sale.
Moe proved too potent for Traralgon as a 58-53 result was claimed via the superb efforts of Caitlin Demczuk (23 points) while Samantha Labros (14 points) led the way for the T-Birds. Sunday’s clashed was just as close but taken in the end by Traralgon 67-61 over Sale as Laura Vannapraseuth (20 points) put on a show alongside Emirson Devenie (13 points). Breanna Kerton (17 points) was the best for Sale.
Korumburra continued to do no wrong as it powered past Warragul 74-60 on the back of some strong work from Jamie-Lee Jeffs (17 points), Brylee Angwin (15 points) and Loni Jeffs (14 points), despite the best efforts from an eight-player roster from Warragul. Mikaela Dickson (21 points) and Shanara Notman (17 points) toiled for the visitors in the defeat.
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It just wasn’t Swan Hill’s weekend with a pair of extremely narrow losses pushing the Flyers down to fifth on the CBL North East ladder.
Maryborough held on 78-74 over Swan Hill to tip off the round. The efforts of Kelsey Mccoy and Jessica McDonald pushed Swan Hill in front with a couple of minutes to go but in the end the Blazers found some energy and intent through Claire Blower and Keeley Hare to ice the game and take out a thrilling victory.
Bendigo only just held on to its unbeaten start to CBL 2018/19 with a 57-55 thrilling finish to its clash against Swan Hill on Sunday. Danielle O’Toole (24 points) hit the clutch three – one of her five that night – to push Bendigo ahead with a couple of minutes to go before Keira Tonzing (20 points) hit the crucial shot to seal the deal. Kelsey Mccoy (16 points) and Jessica McDonald (15 points) were outstanding for the Flyers.
Kyneton proved too powerful for Echuca in an 87-51 win on the road. Adele Rogers (21 points) and Michelle Fletcher (20 points) fired on all cylinders for the Tigers while Lucy Eishold (18 points) and Remy Day (12 points) led the Pirates.
Maryborough’s mighty start to the season was sensationally stopped with Myrtleford taking a 64-47 win on Sunday. Its earlier win over Swan Hill – 78-74 on Saturday- was not replicated on Sunday as the Saints soared. The Zamperonis lit up the court for the Saints to take their second win of the season in emphatic style.
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One match, one almightily sensational result. Shepparton just managed to shake off Benalla in a 52-49 victory on the road. Scarcely split throughout the evening, it took a last-ditch three-ball from Dylan Wayman (26 points) to help the Gators put the Breakers to bed. Wayman hit five from beyond the arc in a superb performance alongside Josh Labtlus (12 points). Benalla remains winless from its inaugural season but would’ve been pleased with the close result and the performances of Nicholas Spencer (13 points) and Lachlan Kego (10 points).