Big weekend for Eagles

MAFFRA emerged from the weekend’s round of Country Basketball League with four wins from four matches at home.

In front big raucous crowds, the Maffra men’s and women’s teams each won two matches, with the men moving into third position on their ladder.

ON Saturday night, the Maffra men defeated Western Port 109-83.

A 35-18 first quarter set-up the victory for the home side. The Eagles led by 23 points at the main break before a more even second half.

Bill Pleming scored 25 points for the Eagles, Andrew Quirk 24 and Sam Whelan 16. Alistair Granger posted 25 for the visitors.

The Eagles maintained their strong form on Sunday after, defeating Bairnsdale 89-65.

Leading by two points at quarter-time, the home side lifted in the second term to head into half-time with a 16-point buffer. The Eagles pressed home the advantage in the final quarter, winning by 24.

Whelan top-scored for Maffra with 20 points, while Quirk scored 16. For the Bullets, Andrew Savige scored 17.

THE Maffra women put in four solid quarters defeating Western Port 76-35 on Saturday.

The Eagles had control of the contest early, leading by 30 at the half. The margin was extended to 41 by the final buzzer.

The Eagles’ scoring was led by Maddy Bates, with 23, while Jaz Allman recorded 14.

The Eagles backed-up that effort with a 114-34 thumping of Bairnsdale on Sunday.

The home side dominated from the beginning, with Eliza Osborn scoring 23, Coco Henry 22, Bates 17, Alex Gallatly and Allman 14. Janaya Saunders scored 16 points for Bairnsdale.

With the two wins, the Eagles moved into sixth place on the ladder.

BOTH Maffra teams will again play at home on Saturday night, when they host Warragul.

The Warriors will provide a challenge for the Eagles, in particular the men’s side, which is undefeated.

Tip off is 6pm for the women and 8pm the men.