CBL North West Men’s Conference provided a great round of basketball as the 3 matches were all separated by 3 points or less.
CBL – ROUND 8 REVIEW
Mildura hosted Horsham and led by 12 points with 8 minutes to go but the steady Hornets closed the margin and took the lead with 3 minutes remaining. The back and forth to close out the game went the way of the Hornets who picked up their 6th win of the season.
Castlemaine gave the Braves all they could handle and held the lead late in the 4th quarter, however the play of Tanner Rayner (38 points) and Rhys Brown (24 points) saw Bendigo escape with a 3 point win, 86-83.
Another thriller in the North West, Kyneton vs Maryborough ended in a one point win to the Tigers. Brady Neill had a game high 24 points but Kyneton, spearheaded by Jordan Mangan and Matthew Quinn picked up their 3rd win of the season.
The North West Womens competition didn’t disappoint with two top quality matches. Castlemaine gave their best performance of the season with a valiant effort against Bendigo, on the wrong end of a 56 – 72 score line and Kyneton now sit in 3rd position with an 18 point win over Maryborough. Maryborough’s Tori Chandler was the game’s leading scorer with 17, but Kyneton trio Jess Mangan (16), Adele Rogers (16) and Michelle Fletcher (15) combined for 47 points.
Ararat returned home from their trip to South Australia with 3 losses. The womens match against Millicent saw the rampant Magic notch a 69 point win with Millicent’s Emily Winter the leading scorer in the match with 22 points. The mens match between the Magic and Redbacks was a different story as Millicent needed every one of Jordan Robertson’s 41 points to earn the 8 point win. On Sunday, Mt Gambier was too strong for Ararat, despite 25 points from Zachery Dunmore. The Lakers were boosted by yet another 30 point game from Kane de Wit and sent the Redbacks home with a 44 point loss.
Colac women picked up their first win of the season with a 15 point over Terang, Colac’s Chelsea Baker scoring 21 points in the win. Terang men picked up their 2nd straight win with a one-point win over Colac. The Kookas were in front by 4 points with 11 seconds to go but Scott Judd (16) and Dean Brebner (15) combined to lead the Tornadoes. The win by Terang sees 3 teams tied on 2 wins and 4 losses in 3rd place and fighting for finals positions.
Terang women were in Geelong on Sunday and the Supercats continued their dominant play with a 45 point win, paced Georgia Varley (23) and Jessica Watson (22). The win keeps Geelong undefeated after 6 matches.
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