One-point wins to start season

THE Maffra Eagles began the Country Basketball League season with two one-point victories last weekend.

The Eagles defeated defending women’s champion Churchill 62-61 on Saturday night at Churchill.

The Eagles led by three points after a high scoring opening quarter before the Blue Devils fought back to level the scores by half-time.

A 20-12 third term gave the visitors the ascendancy before Churchill’s strong final quarter fell a point short at the final siren.

Maffra’s Jazman Allman led all scorers with 22 points, while Tanarly Hood and Taylor Brouns scored 18 each for Churchill.

On Sunday afternoon, the Eagles won their first home game of the season, coming from behind to defeat Traralgon 69-68.

After trailing 31-28 at half-time, the T-Birds scored 26 points to 18 in the third quarter to lead by five at the final break. The Eagles outscored the visitors 20-14 in the fourth quarter to claim victory.

Jessica Adams scored 17 points for the Eagles and Bree Burgiel 13. For Traralgon, Keely Bourke scored 15.

IN the men’s competition, the Sale Sonics won one of their two opening matches on the road.

Thirty-six points from recruit Mem Bektas helped the Sonics to an 85-78 victory over Traralgon on Saturday night.

Bektas joins the Sonics having had experience in the South East Australian Basketball League, a tier below the NBL.

Bektas was supported by Ben Dessent with 20 points and Billy Hughes on 12.

The Sonics were in trouble early, trailing 25-15 at quarter-time and 52-40 at the half. However, a 29-12 third quarter propelled the visitors into the lead by three-quarter-time, which they extended to seven by full time.

Frazar Brouns scored 24 points for the T-Birds.

Without Bektas on Sunday, the Sonics lost to Moe 92-69.

The Meteors outscored the Sonics for each of the first three quarters with their 30-13 third term putting the game out of the visitors’ reach.

Luke Shelley and Jack Sheedy led the scorers for Moe, with 26 and 21 respectively. Billy Hughes scored 16 points and Ben Dessent 15.

ON Saturday night, the Eagles and Sonics will take part in a double header at Bairnsdale with the women’s match from 6pm and the men from 8pm.

The Sonics playing their first home game on Sunday against Korumburra from 1pm.