Mixed weekend for Sonics

THE Sale Sonics men’s team had a mixed weekend on the road in the Country Basketball League.

The Sonics needed a strong second half to defeat Lakes Entrance 99-93 on Saturday night, before losing at Churchill 85-68 on Sunday.

At Lakes Entrance, the Pelicans led 29-24 at quarter-time and 54-49 at half-time, before the visiting Sonics out-scored the hosts 31-22 in the third term to led by nine points heading into the fourth.

The Pelicans got within two points during the final quarter, but the Sonics added to their score from the free throw line to win by six.

Billy Hughes top-scored for the Sonics with 38 points, while Luke Williams scored 22 and Jake Hutchins 14.

Jordi Williams scored 39 for the Pelicans.

On Sunday afternoon, Churchill led the Sonics throughout the match, winning by 17 points with Jordan Canovan scoring 25 points.

Hutchins top-scored for the Sonics with 21, while Josh Backway netted 16.

IN the women’s, Maffra defeated Korumburra 74-61 at home on Saturday night.

Trailing by one point at quarter-time, the Eagles lifted to lead by seven at the main break.

The Wildcats brought the deficit back to three points by three-quarter-time, before the Eagles made the most of having more players on the bench to score 25 points to 15 in the fourth term.

Maddison Wild scored 33 and Coco Henry 15 for the Eagles, while Alahna Arnason scored 21 for the Wildcats.

Sale lost to Moe 79-72 at home on Sunday.

Scores were level at three-quarter-time, and the Sonics scored the first points of the final term, before the Meteors got back in front. A three-pointer from Breanna Kerton drew the sides level again with four and a half minutes remaining, only for the visitors to regain the ascendency and win by seven points.

Olivia Barnett scored 24, Kerton 19 and Mel Johnston 15.

THERE will be a double-header between Sale and Warragul at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex on Saturday night, with the women’s match from 6pm and the men’s from 8pm.

After a week off, the Maffra men will host Churchill on Sunday from 1pm. The Eagles’ women are not taking to the court this weekend.