A GOOD start established victory at home for the Moe Meteors against the Maffra Eagles during round nine of the Country Basketball League.
The Eagles were caught off guard by the home side’s start. Coupled with Moe’s seemingly impenetrable defensive, the margin between the sides continue to grow in favour of the Meteors.
Once Maffra began attacking the key, it was more effective in offence and managed to get some convincing points on the board. Jazmin Allman once again top-scored for Maffra with 14 points, and Ella Bertachinni was strong with offensive rebounds, scoring 12 points.
Abbey Gray and Tracy McConnell-Henry came off the bench to lift the Eagles side in the third quarter, playing solid offense and defence.
Maddy Bates came off injured with a potential torn calf and couldn’t finish the match, which is a blow for Maffra’s physical strength.
The Eagles finished the fourth quarter well, but Moe established an unassailable lead to win 89-63.
ALSO at Moe on Sunday, the Sale Sonics men lost to the Meteors 86-74.
After a two-week break and with only six players available, the Sonics met a Meteors side with 12.
Billy Hughes scored 18 points for the Sonics, Ben Dessent 15 and Marcus Cope 13.
THE Sonics will play at Korumburra this Saturday night from 7pm, before they and the Maffra Eagles women’s side play on Sunday at Traralgon against Churchill, defending premier in their respective competitions with the women from noon and the men from 2pm.
These will be final matches before the CBL’s mid-season break.