SOUTHERN Peninsula continued its golden return to the Country Basketball League with a pair of emphatic victories in Round 5.
The Sharks started strongly on Saturday night, continuing its rock-solid defence of home court with a 115-76 win over Moe. The Sharks’ arsenal was stoked to the brim as Matthew Brasser (29 points), Corey Bond (19 points) and Ben James (19 points) starred. The visitors were well represented by Jayden Van Dyk (19 points) and Ben Van Dyk (11 points) in the defeat.
Southern Peninsula back up its scintillating Saturday with a sensational Sunday to boot, improving their record to 7-1 with just three rounds of the regular season to go.
In the first versus third clash, Southern Peninsula leapfrogged Traralgon in style by taking down an 85-67 win. With the win helping the Sharks swim up to the top of the table, the heavy lifting was shared between Ben James (19 points), Daniel Munns (17 points) and Finn Jones (16 points). Severely undermanned, with only six taking part in the action at Dromana, the T-Birds’ six-man group was well led by Luis D’Angelo (34 points) and Jarrod King-Church (13 points).
Warragul pushed up to second on the ladder with a 96-75 win over Sale on Saturday night. Jarryd Moss (29 points) continued his scoring spree in this conference with able support from Ambu Uliando (18 points) and Murray Myers (14 points), while the Sonics were led by Jake Hutchins (20 points) and Luke Williams (20 points).
Maffra tightened its grip on fourth spot in the conference with a 102-81 win over Churchill on Sunday.
In other results, Churchill kept its season alive with a 95-78 win over Traralgon on Saturday night, Korumburra defeated Lakes Entrance 120-59, while Moe bested Korumburra 88-60 on Sunday.
Warragul kept its season hopes alive with a win over Sale 70-67. With both sides down on personnel, it was a gruelling battle led by Kristy Glover (35 points) and Shanara Notman (26 points). Glover’s best efforts couldn’t drag the Sonics back into the clash, in spite of an impressive at-the-death shooting display that slashed the gap to three. In the end, the Warriors had enough in the arsenal through Notman and Mikaela Dickson (13 points).
Moe continued its rampage through the conference, taking its sixth win on the trot following its 84-51 win over Korumburra on Sunday.
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Geelong United maintained its unbeaten run in CBL 2019/20 with a pair of wins over Warrnambool and Terang.
Saturday night was a thriller in Geelong as United picked up a scintillating 97-91 win over Warrnambool. When the clash was there for the taking, Ethan Blythe (29 points) took up the mantle alongside Tyler Erard (17 points), while the Seahawks were led by a trio of 17-point scorers – Josh Dean, Riley Nicolson and Liam Killey.
United dispatched Terang a little easier on Sunday with a 111-84 victory led by Cohen Blythe (37 points) – who absolutely lit up the court from beyond the arc – while Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (29 points) continued his strong weekend for the Tornadoes.
Terang fared better earlier in the weekend, as it surged past Bellarine Storm 74-60 on Saturday night with Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (19 points) and Dean Brebner (15 points) flourishing for the Tornadoes while Sebastian Tomason (17 pointed) toiled for the Storm.
In other results, Colac knocked over Bellarine Storm 80-72 as well as smashing through Stawell 92-38, Ararat defeated Millicent 95-60, Mt Gambier knocked over Ararat 102-54 and Horsham defeated Warrnambool 108-55.
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Warrnambool surged throughout the weekend, taking a pair of important triumphs over Colac and Geelong United.
The Mermaids swept past Geelong United 94-73 as Nicole Gynes (20 points) and Leah Bartlett (20 points) stole the show. Geelong United was led by Vanessa Marsh (17 points) and Karli Bruce (12 points). Warrnambool held on over Horsham in a 74-70 thriller at Horsham on Saturday night.
Horsham took the points over Colac in their Saturday night clash 77-62 as Faith McKenzie (22 points) and Georgia Hiscock (21 points) excelled for the Hornets while Jessie Lang (16 points) and Michelle Winch (15 points) led the Kookas’ contingent. Sunday didn’t fare much better for Colac with a 61-87 loss to Bellarine at home.
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It might have only been a small round in the North West, but the one match that happened went off with a bang. Bendigo took an overtime 66-62 victory over Kyneton as Olivia Noter and Tahnee Cannan took the points for the Braves with some incredible shooting at the death. Bendigo remains unbeaten in the conference this year, with a 5-0 record heading into a well-deserved break.
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Bang bang went Bendigo with a pair of emphatic wins over Castlemaine – 82-70 on Saturday – and Kyneton – in a whopping 96-58 triumph on Sunday at home.Trent Leech (20 points) and Will Smythe (16 points) pushed the Braves to the top in spite of the best efforts of Castlemaine’s one-two punch in Sam Beks (26 points) and Rhys Brown (20 points).
Mildura couldn’t hold off the visiting Maryborough as the Blazers emerged triumphant to the tune of an 83-74 victory. Brady Neill (31 points) led the conference for scoring this week as he spurred Maryborough’s mauling of Mildura alongside Harrison Butler (21 points). Zane Lueth (16 points) was the Heat’s best in the loss.
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Seymour continued its stellar return to the CBL with a 69-62 win over Shepparton helping bump the Blasters up to second on the ladder. Tayha Watkins (34 points) continued her superb season alongside Dyani Ananiev (10 points) and Maddison Ford (nine points) for Seymour while Kior Zito (22 points) and Briana Moon (12 points) were the best of the Shepparton brigade.
Wodonga demolished Wallan in a 100-32 point triumph as Mel Kirby (26 points), Charlotte Beaven (15 points) and Caitlin Reid (14 points) led the Wolves. Nicola Stewart (11 points) was the best of the Panthers.
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Flipping the script, the men’s teams split the results over the North East weekend.
Wallan’s men avenged the women’s defeat earlier in the night with a 100-84 triumph over Wodonga. Turning the screws on the home team, Leo Viitala (27 points) and Lincoln Stewart (23 points) proved potent for Wallan while Wodonga was led by Connor Marshall (17 points) and Sam Hawkins (16 points).
Shepparton eked out a 75-72 win over Seymour with Atem Atem (36 points) dragging the Gators to the victory in league with Nick Dodd (17 points). Jack Murphy (28 points) and Tom O’Connor (16 points) were the best of the Blasters’ brigade.