Mixed weekend for Maffra

THE Maffra Eagles women basketballers inflicted just the second loss of the season on ladder leader Moe, only to succumb to Korumburra the next day.

Following the weekend double header, the Eagles remains in fifth on the Country Basketball League Gippsland women’s ladder.

On Saturday night at Maffra, the Eagles put in a strong second half to defeat the Moe Meteors 91-66.

The Eagles led by seven points at quarter-time before the Meteors lifted to claim a two-point lead by half-time.

A 29-11 third term put the Eagles in prime position and they got on with the job in the final quarter, scoring 25 points to 16.

Jaz Allman and Jessica Adams scored 17 points each for the Eagles, Kate Bond contributed 13 and Madelaine Bates 12. Carly Mullen-Bianconi scored 16 points for the Meteors.

On Sunday afternoon at Korumburra, the Eagles were outscored in each quarter in their way to a 67-51 loss to the Wildcats.

The home side began well, with a 21-13 first term before winning the remaining quarters by two points.

Lauren Cosson scored 16 points for the Wildcats with Shannon Heylen scoring 14 and Jamie Lee Jeffs 13. With 10 points, Bates was the only Eagle to score in double figures.

In its final game before the Christmas break, Maffra will host the winless Bairnsdale Bullets on Saturday night from 7pm at the Cameron Sporting Complex.

THE Sale Sonics moved into second position on the men’s ladder following an 89-79 win at Korumburra.

The Sonics were led on Saturday night by 27 points from the returning Mem Bektas and 26, including five three-pointers, from Billy Hughes.

The visitors had the edge early, leading 19-16 at quarter-time and 42-37 at half-time, but it was their 27-17 third quarter which put them out of reach of the Wildcats.

Korumburra did outscore the Sonics 25-20 in the final period, getting within seven points late before free throws from Hughes gave the visitors a nine-point victory.

Dylan Heylen scored 20 points for the Wildcats and Ashley Zuidema 19.

The Sonics will this Saturday night host Moe from 7pm at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex.