Eagles advance in CBL finals

THE Maffra Eagles will host a Country Basketball League men’s semi-final this Saturday night.

The Eagles will play the Warragul Warriors at the Cameron Sporting Complex from 7pm.

Maffra defeated Korumburra 96-77 in their quarter-final on Friday night at home.

The Eagles began strongly, taking a 31-13 lead into quarter-time. The margin was extended to 27 points by half-time, with the hosts ahead 50-23.

The Wildcats clawed back some of the deficit during the third quarter to trail by 16 at the break, but the Eagles steadied in the final term to win by 19.

Andrew Quirk scored 27 points, Sam Whelan and Bill Pleming 14 each. Troy Van Dyke scored 29 for the Wildcats.

The Sale Sonics’ season ended on Saturday night, when they lost to the Warragul Warriors 85-69 at Drouin.

The Sonics challenged the Warriors early, trailing by one point at quarter-time, with Billy Hughes on target for the visitors.

Warragul scored 24 points to 14 in the second quarter to lead by 11 points at half-time.

After an even third quarter, the home team led by 10 points.

The Sonics worked hard to get back into the contest, but the Warriors stretched their lead to win by 16 points.

Hughes led all scorers, with 30, while Sale teammate Luke Williams contributed 13.

Dwain Scott posted 24 for the Warriors and Mihailo Kalus 17.

In the other men’s semi-final on Saturday night, Moe will host Churchill.

The women’s semi-finals will also be played on Saturday night, with Moe heading to Korumburra and Warragul welcoming Traralgon.