Two wins for Eagles

MAFFRA got its Country Basketball League women’s campaign back on track with two wins last weekend.

After a first-up loss the weekend prior to Churchill, the Eagles defeated Moe 66-53 at home on Saturday night.

The Eagles used strong rebounding to allow their up tempo running game to flourish.

The teams were separated by two points at half-time but Maffra’s accurate outside shooting against the Moe zone helped the Eagles build a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and went on to win by 13.

Jaz Allman scored 20 points for the Eagles, while Moe’s Carly Mullen-Bianconi led all scorers with 27.

On Sunday afternoon at Korumburra, the Eagles defeated the Wildcats 69-57.

Korumburra held a six-point advantage at the main break before Maffra took control of the match, outscoring the Wildcats 21-6 with Tori Wilson doing most of the damage with nine points for the half in her 19 for the game.

Jamie Lee Jeffs led all scorers with 28 points for the Wildcats, who did not have the scoring spread that has been a feature in their wins so far this season.

The Eagles’ next match will be at Warragul on Saturday, November 16 before backing up the next day at Churchill.

In other matches, a stronger second half gave Churchill a 65-46 win at Western Port.

Western Port led by seven points at the long break, only to see the Blue Devils’ defence lift in the second half. The Lady Steelers couldn’t adjust and Churchill held the home side to just 13 points in the second half, while stacking on 39 points themselves.

Backing up from Saturday night, the Lady Steelers struggled to match it with Traralgon at home, going down 73-40.

Traralgon took a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter which it extended to 16 by half-time.

The Lady Steelers again struggled in the third quarter, with the T-Birds outscoring them 17-to-5, effectively ending any chance of a comeback.

Double success for Sonics

THE Sale Sonics men’s team also won both their weekend matches.

On Saturday night, the Sonics overcame a seven-point half-time deficit to defeat Korumburra 92-71.

The home side led at the main break on the back of 14 first half points by Matt Edwards, however Billy Hughes took over the game in the third term, nailing six three-pointers to give the Sonics a 33-15 lead.

The Sonics extended their further by 11 points during the fourth quarter.

On Sunday afternoon, four Sonics players had double digit scoring in their 102-70 home win against Moe.

Hughes and Andrew Quirk scored 18 points each for the Sonics with Ben Dessent contributing 16.

The Sonics’ next match will be on Saturday, November 23 against Western Port at Somerville.

Churchill defeated Western Port 91-68.

The Blue Devils only led by one point at quarter-time before taking a 15-point lead into the main break. The 23-point win keeps Churchill on top spot and Western Port outside the top four.

The Bairnsdale Bullets capitalised on their superior size to defeat Korumburra 82-75.

Andrew Savige continued his impressive scoring, registering 32 points and was complemented well by his teammates.

Traralgon dominated Western Port from the tip-off, winning 86-46.

Jack White was brilliant on both ends, leading Traralgon with 37 points.