MAFFRA maintained its undefeated start to the Country Basketball League men’s season with two away wins at the weekend.
The Eagles defeated Lakes Entrance 86-41 on Saturday night, then backed up to overcome Churchill 84-50 on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday night, the Eagles led Lakes Entrance by 20 points at quarter-time before taking control of the match.
The visitors led by 19 points at half-time and 31 at three-quarter-time on their way to a 45-point victory.
Sam Whelan top-scored for Maffra with 21 points, while teammate Cody Burgiel scored 14, Bill Pleming 12 and Jack Hrehoresen 11.
SALE had a thrilling 84-83 victory over Korumburra on Saturday at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex.
The Sonics trailed 21-14 at quarter-time, but turned the tables in the second term to lead 42-33 at half-time.
The hosts led by six at three-quartertime and by as much as nine during the final term. The Wildcats fought back, but Jake Hutchins hit both his free throws late in the match to give the Sonics breathing space.
The Wildcats scored a three-pointer to get within a point, but the hosts held on for their second win of the season.
Luke Williams and Jack McLaren scored 20 points each for the Sonics, Damon Stephens 17 and Hutchins 11.
Korumburra’s Matthew Kennewell led all scorers with 29.
On Sunday, the Sonics lost to Traralgon 102-62 at home.
The T-Birds led by six at half-time before stretching the margin to 19 by three-quarter-time. The visitors scored 31-10 in the final quarter to win by 40 points.
Billy Hughes scored 22 points and Williams 19 for the Sonics, while Luis D’Angelo scored 25 points for the T-Birds, Christian D’Angelo 23 and Logan Van Berkel 20.
IN the women’s competition, Sale also recorded one win and a loss at home.
On Saturday, the Sonics defeated Korumburra 62-60.
Scores were level at three-quarter-time. The Wildcats got out to a four-point lead, but the Sonics clawed their way back, thanks to sharp shooting from the foul line.
Kristy Glover scored the winning points from the charity stripe.
Glover scored 25 points and Sale teammate Mel Johnston 18. Gemma Dixon scored 24 for the Wildcats.
The Sonics lost to Traralgon 69-42 on Sunday. Bree Kerton top-scored for the Sonics with 13 points, while Desiree Glaubitz scored 16 for the T-Birds.
The Maffra women had the weekend off.
BOTH local men’s teams will host Southern Peninsula this weekend.
The Sharks will play Sale on Saturday night from 7pm, then Maffra on Sunday from 1pm.
In the women’s on Saturday night, Maffra will host Traralgon from 6pm, and Sale will play at Warragul from 7pm.