Churchill claims CBL double

CHURCHILL claimed both men’s and women’s Country Basketball League Gippsland conference titles at Korumburra on Saturday night.

The women’s final was a thriller with Korumburra holding a one-point half-time lead. Churchill took the lead late but Korumburra’s Gemma Dixon knocked down two free throws to send the game into overtime.

The undefeated Blue Devils were able to win the game by the narrowest of margins, 66-65.

Stacey O’Brien scored 21 points for the Blue Devils, while match MVP Jamie Lee Jeffs scored 16.

In the men’s game, Churchill was able to complete its undefeated season against Warragul, storming back from an early 16-point deficit to level the game at half time.

The Blue Devils dominated the second half and claimed the championship 86-74.

With 23 points, Churchill’s Jordan Canovan was named game MVP.

Both Churchill teams will be taking part in the All-Conference Finals at Bendigo this weekend against the winners of the other CBL conferences.

MVP awards

SALE and Maffra players polled well in the season most valuable player awards.

Maffra’s Jaz Allman finished fourth in the women’s award with 28 votes. Churchill’s Tanarly Hood won with 47.

Andrew Savige of Bairnsdale claimed the men’s award with 66 votes. Sale teammates Billy Hughes (42) and Andrew Quirk (30) came third and fourth respectively.