CBL – Round 6 Review

GIPPSLAND WOMEN Korumburra kept its finals hopes alive with a pair of wins over Sale and Maffra to move up to third on the table. Sale was gallant against Korumburra,

GIPPSLAND WOMEN

Korumburra kept its finals hopes alive with a pair of wins over Sale and Maffra to move up to third on the table.

Sale was gallant against Korumburra, but in the end it was a night for the Wildcats as they defended home court with a 71-61 victory. The one-two punch came from Alahna Arnason (24 points) and Grace Matser (23 points) as the Wildcats’ duo soared across the court. Breanna Kerton (25 points) continued her impressive season alongside Charlotte Ronchi (17 points).

Sunday was more of the same for Korumburra with a 65-47 win over Maffra spurred on by Arnason (17 points), Matser (15 points) and         a cameo performance from league star Jaime-Lee Jeffs (10 points) – who has just featured in a pair of Sunday clashes for the Wildcats. Alex Gallatly (12 points), Maddison Wild (10 points) and Coco Henry (10 points) were the best of the Eagles’ roster.

It was a rough weekend for Maffra across the board as it lost 48-55 to Warragul on Saturday night to boot. Wild (13 points) was the best of the Eagles while Shanara Notman (19 points) while Kylie Mullen (10 points) guided the Warriors home.

Traralgon kept above .500 with an 80-71 victory over top-of-the-table Moe. Taking a win off the previously undefeated Meteors fell to Samantha Labros (29 points) and Desiree Glaubitz (14 points), who starred in the triumph for the T-Birds. Moe was led by Caitlin Demczuk (22 points) and Ellie Coutts (15 points).

 

GIPPSLAND MEN

Warragul continued to pile on the pressure in the Gippsland Men’s Conference with an emphatic 90-80 win over Maffra setting the Warriors on a four-game win streak. In a hotly anticipated clash, the Warriors proved their credentials and then some as they crept a step closer to the CBL finals. It was a win defined by the starring efforts of Dwain Scott (26 points), Luke Mckenzie (14 points) as well as perennial performers Mike Santo (13 points) and Ambo Uliando (13 points). For Maffra, it was a performance led by Blake Gallatly (27 points) as well as Frazar Brouns (14 points) and Bill Pleming (13 points).

Traralgon continued to stay on the heels of the top seeds in the conference with a 122-73 win over Lakes Entrance. Josh Palmer (24 points), Christian D’Angelo (22 points) and Brad Watson (18 points) led the T-Birds scoring spree while the Pelicans were led by Chris Fields (24 points) and James Russell (16 points).

In other results, Churchill defeated Korumburra 104-71, before getting beaten themselves 69-105 against Moe. Korumburra notched 71 again in defeat on Sunday… this time a 71-89 loss to Maffra.

 

NORTH WEST WOMEN

It was mostly Maryborough throughout the North West Women’s Conference this week as the Blazers split the two results – taking a 64-66 loss to Echuca before backing up on Sunday to take out an 87-81 victory over Swan Hill.

Zara Pearson (27 points) was incredible for Echuca as she guided the side alongside Georgie Eishold (12 points), while Claire Blower (19 points) was the best of the Blazers.

Sunday was a lot better for Maryborough however as Blower (29 points) feasted on the Flyers in the six point triumph. Her efforts – in league with Keisha Tonzing (18 points) and Kelly Richardson (16 points) – guided the Blazers to their third win of the season while Carlee Hazlett (22 points) and Amy Joblin (13 points) were the best of the visitors.

 

NORTH WEST MEN

Echuca returned from its mid-season break with an impressive win over Maryborough 74-69. You could scarcely split the sides throughout the clash and with a sliver left on the clock, the Pirates surged. Tyler Phillips (28 points) hit his free throws to push Echuca ahead alongside Liam Tenace (19 points). Continuing his elite start to the season, Brady Neill (34 points) led the Blazers’ battalion alongside Zac Mortlock (10 points).

Mildura took a 65-53 win over Swan Hill at home as Harry Curran (14 points) and Ethan Deale (11 points) lit it up for the Heat while the Flyers were led by Matthew Gardner (13 points) and Sam Nitschke (10 points).

Bacchus Marsh returned to the winners list with a  78-70 triumph over Bendigo. Knocking off the top of the table Braves was no easy task, but Billy Feben (29 points), Jordan Kirk (15 points) and Sam Byron (13 points) starred. Jake Lloyd (18 points), Nicholas Skinner (13 points) and Jack White (12 points) were the best of the Braves.

 

SOUTH WEST WOMEN

Bellarine took the points in its cross-town showdown against Geelong United, taking an 82-66 triumph on the road. Moving up to top of the table following the win, Bellarine starred across the board.

Familiar faces took the game by Storm for Bellarine as Olivia Fuller (26 points) led all takers on the night in league with long-range shooters Olivia Virt (18 points) and Laney McFadyen (13 points). It was a gutsy display from the Geelong United cadre as Grace Brown (14 points), Vanessa Marsh (13 points) and Krystal Bonney (12 points) kept the tempo ticking.  

 

SOUTH WEST MEN

Continuing its rampage through the South West season, Horsham maintained its billing atop the Conference table with another emphatic win – this time a 114-74 win over Ararat. Playing all its hits from this season, Jeremiah McKenzie (24 points), Mitch Martin (22 points), Tim Pickert (18 points) and Damien Skurrie (18 points) carved chunks out of the Redbacks’ defence en route to another 100-point performance – the Hornets’ fourth so far this season. Josh Fiegert (21 points) and DJ Woods (12 points) led the Redbacks on a tough night on the road.

Speaking of unbeaten powerhouses in the South West, Geelong United added another scalp to the mantle with a 114-94 victory over Bellarine. Cohen Blythe (24 points) added another big tally to his stat-sheet alongside Max Kos (23 points), Marko Vekic (19 points) and Tyler Erard (17 points). Sebastian Thomason (20 points) and James Butteriss (16 points) were impressive in the defeat for Bellarine.

Safe to say there are two sides that have distinguished themselves in this conference… so you’d better pencil in Sunday 8 December in your diary, because the United v Hornets clash at Geelong Arena in Round 9 will be big.

 

NORTH EAST WOMEN

Splitting its results over the weekend, Wangaratta took a 52-45 win over Myrtleford on Saturday before being downed 44-54 to Wallan on Sunday.

In a low-scoring thriller, the Warriors’ best efforts came from Chloe Storer (14 points) and Jorja Reidy (13 points) while Abbey Zamperoni (21 points) was the best of the Saints’ contingent.

Wallan proved too powerful on Sunday for Wangaratta as Carley Cranston (16 points) and Sarah Wakefield (10 points) led the charge for the Panthers while Reidy (14 points) and Storer (12 points) continued their strong weekend performances.

Wodonga defeated Seymour 77-65 – as Mel Kirby (24 points) and Tayha Watkins (30 points) led their respective teams – while Myrtleford knocked over Benalla 107-23.

 

NORTH EAST MEN

It was a tough weekend for the Warriors with losses to the two top sides in the North East Men’s Conference.

Myrtleford launched into its first win of the weekend with a 77-58 win over Wangaratta on the road as Jackson Townsend (16 points) and Will Mckerral (13 points) excelled in the win, while the Warriors were led by Tom Young (15 points).

Myrtleford moved to the top of the table following its 79-67 win over Benalla at home on Sunday. Sharing the success, Ryley Bouker (17 points), Tobias Lange (16 points) and Josh Muraca (14 points)

The second salvo of the weekend for Wangaratta didn’t fare much better as Leo Viitala (23 points) and Max Viitala (19 points) proved too potent in Wallan’s offence. The pair helped the Panthers continue its unbeaten start to the season while the Warriors were led by Michael Jenkins (11 points).

In other results, Seymour defeated Wodonga 113-73.

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