Sale to host Maffra in local derbies

LOCAL basketball rivalries will be renewed on Saturday night when Sale and Maffra clash in the Country Basketball League double-header at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex.

Tip-off for the women’s match is 6pm, with the men’s at 8pm.

Heading into the penultimate round, Sale and Maffra maintain hopes of making the women’s finals, but both will need to turn around a string of losses, three for the Sonics and two for the Eagles.

Maffra is in fourth place on the men’s ladder, but is yet to secure a spot in the finals, while seventh-placed Sale, coming off a week’s break, will need a big finish to push its way into the top four.

When the rivals met in the opening round, Maffra won both contests.

Both Maffra teams will back-up on Sunday, playing at Traralgon against the T-Birds.

The women will play from noon and the men from 2pm.

The Sale men will travel to Lakes Entrance on Sunday, with tip-off 1pm.

LAST weekend, Maffra’s men recorded a loss and a win from their road trip.

On Saturday night, the Eagles lost at Warragul 90-80.

The Warriors set-up their victory after leading 50-42 at half-time.

Blake Gallatly top-scored for the Eagles with 27 points, Frazar Brouns scored 15 and Bill Pleming 13. Dwain Scott scored 26 for the Warriors.

The Eagles rebounded on Sunday to win at Korumburra 89-71.

Trailing by one point at quarter-time, the Eagles led 37-29 at half-time, then 65-52 at three-quarter-time before winning by 18 points.

Sam Whelan netted 31 for Maffra and teammate Mem Betkas 15.

THE Maffra women’s team lost both its weekend matches.

The Eagles lost a tight match against Warragul 55-48.

Shanara Notman scored 19 for the Warriors, and Maddison Wild 13 for the Eagles.

On Sunday, Maffra lost at Korumburra 65-47. Alahna Arnason scored 17 points for Korumburra, and Alex Gallatly scored 12 for the visitors.

A good weekend for Korumburra began on Saturday night, when the Wildcats defeated Sale 71-61.

Arnason was again prominent for the Wildcats, scoring 24 points, while teammate Grace Matser scored 23. For the Sonics, Breana Kerton scored 25 and Charlotte Ronchi 17.