THERE was nothing in it across a sea of close CBL encounters over the weekend!
Maffra secured top spot on the leaderboard with two incredible wins over Bairnsdale and Moe. The Eagles got away early in the match to double Bairnsdale’s score, winning 104-62. Maffra also claimed victory against second spot Moe by a massive 62 points and move two games clear of the competition on the table. Andrew Quirk (27 points) and Sam Whelan (24 points) led the way with their scoreboard domination to get an early jump on their competitors, winning 102-60. After Moe’s loss, the side moves down to 3rd on the table while Warragul jump up to 2nd.
Churchill vs Traralgon was an absolute thriller with the Devils holding on to victory in the remaining seconds of the match with a two points. The game was point-for-point until late in the fourth when the Devils’ Andrew Petrou (23 points) made a big statement alongside Nicholas Michaelides (11 points), who cored late three pointers that helped get the team over the line.
Both matches played out on the weekend were absolute nail-biters with just a point separating the sides this week. Traralgon came out victorious and took second spot on the table with its win against Warragul 67-66. The scores were relatively even throughout the match, however the T-Birds nailed three treys in a row to gave Traralgon a bit on breathing space late in the second quarter. The Warriors responded quickly with a burst of points to make it goal for goal in the forth. Liesl Sexton claimed the victory for the T-Birds, with her three-pointer putting the team ahead.
Moe vs Maffra was decided right at the death, as a free throw pushed Moe over the line by a single point 70-69. The Eagles got an early lead on its competition, however Moe’s Caitlin Demczuk (22 points) and Carly Mullen-Bianconi (14 points) led the surge and made up some ground to claim victory in the remaining seconds of the match.
North East Men
In the one North East Men’s match this week, Seymour secured its seventh win of the season with a strong victory over Myrtleford by 11 points. The Blasters led early in the match and maintained a consistent lead with the help of Jack Murphy (16 points) and Robbie Sartori (16 points). Myrtleford’s loss now pushes the side down to fourth spot on the leaderboard and Wodonga moves up to third.
North East Women
It was a bit of a quiet weekend for the North East Women’s competition with just the one game played on the weekend, but Bendigo shot the lights out to light up the conference. Bendigo Braves continue their perfect winning record with its 16-point victory over Kyneton. The Tigers had an incredible start to the match against the top side and led the game 22-6 going into the second quarter. Bendigo’s Tess Barnes (19 points) and Danielle O’Toole (16 points) led the comeback to overpower the Tigers, 80-64.
North West Men
Kyneton breaks its losing streak to gain its second win of the season with a well-needed victory over the Bendigo Braves. For the duration of the match the scores were close until the fourth where the Tigers were able to peel away and claim a five-point victory 75-70. Louis Bongiovani had a ripper of a game with a total of 26 points including four three-pointers to his name.
Mildura Heat close the distance between top spot with its win over the Maryborough Blazers on Saturday. After a strong start to the match, Mildura were able to break away early and hold on to win 85-74. Mildura’s Dallas Brown (22 points) and Jay Madigan (21 points) were among the best for the Heat.
South West Men
Mt Gambier put an end to Horsham’s winning streak, defeating the top side by 20 points (80-60). Mt Gambier with the help of Lachlan Hunter (19 points) and Simon Berkefeld (15 points) lead the way to hold off the Hornets and secured second spot on the table. In the Lakers second match for the weekend, it dominated its competition with a 59 point victory over Ararat. Jordan Hollitt racked up 18 points for the match and Mathew Berkefeld gained 13 points and 4 three pointers on the day.
Saturday featured a 2 point thriller between Bacchus Marsha and Bellarine, with the Lions coming out on top 65-63. The win puts Bacchus Marsh in 3rd position on the table, and pushes down Bellarine to 4th. Sharp Shooter, William Febens (22 points) scoreboard domination and Jordan Kirk’s (19 points) late scoreboard effort, was the edge the Lions needed to secure the win.
Bellarine recovered from its close loss, to secure a convincing win over Terang, winning 81-64. Bellarine got away early and maintained a consistent lead over its competition with Nathan Freind scoring a match high of 23 points.
Round 9 saw Hamilton and Warrnambool battle it out to secure its first win of the season. Coming into the game, both teams maintained a 9 game losing streak with one team sure to record its first win. Hamilton came out on top in a close game against the Seahawks, winning 76-70. It was incredibly close throughout the duration of the match with Sam Brewer (23 points) having a strong scoreboard influence and gaining the last minute points needed to push the team over the line.
South West Women
Millicent pushed the Lady Hornets out of 2nd spot on the table with its 6 point win over Horsham on the weekend. Horsham gained an early lead, however it was short lived as the Magic’s Olivia Fuller had an incredible match, gaining 26 points for the game and Ashleigh Berman (19 points) made 4 three pointers, leading the way against the Lady Hornets. Bellarine had two matches this weekend and came out on top for both, securing much needed wins on the board. Raini Mathews was a standout in both matches against the Mermaids and the Tornadoes scoring 19 and 26 points. Warrnambool still struggles to find its first win of the season, with its two losses over Bellarine and Geelong.