Sonics’ men get first win of season

The Sale Sonics scored an overtime win against Lakes Entrance in the Country Basketball League men's competition on Sunday. Photo supplied.

Josh Farrell

It was a busy weekend of Country Basketball League action as the Sale Sonics finished with mixed results from its two games.

Sale men’s side went down to Moe by 22 points in their first game at home of the season, but once again had positive signs out of their 84-62 defeat.

Moe put the foot down early getting away to a nine-point lead at the end of the first period before they extended their lead to 15 at the end of the half.

The Meteors then put the game to bed putting up a 29 to nine third period to be leading by 35 going into the final term.

The Sonics added some respectability, scoring 25 to 12 in the final period.

Harper Fraser and Jake Hutchins were the best for the Sonics putting up 14 and 13 points respectively.

The women’s side had a close loss in their match going down to the Meteors by only three points.

The Sonics got away to a strong start, scoring 15 to 10 in the first period.

But it improved a little in the second with the Sale team only increasing their lead by one going into the half-time break.

Moe cut the deficit to five points at the final change before scoring 14 points to Sale’s seven to prevail 51-48.

Sienna Wynd and Indigo Waugh were the best on court for the Sonics putting up 13 and 12 points respectively.

The Sale men’s side had the opportunity to reverse their fortunes for the weekend taking on Lakes Entrance on Sunday in a match that went to overtime.

It was a tight match full of ebbs and flows with Lakes Entrance getting the early jump on Sale, leading at the end of the first quarter by five points.

Sale then closed the gap and the margin was only one point going into the half-time break, a sign of things to come with the teams struggling to be separated.

The Pelicans then extended their lead to four points at the end of the third quarter and it looked like it might be a bridge too far for the Sonics.

Sale would not roll over though and were desperate for their first win of the season and at the end of regular time the scores were 65-all, ensuring the match would go into overtime.

Sale lifted in overtime to seal a first win of the season 76-67.

It was a strong team performance from Sale, Jake Hutchins continued on from his strong game on Saturday scoring 20 points, Josh Butcher was not far behind with 18 and Archer McGuiness and Harper Fraser scored 10 points each to ensure Sale got their first win of the season.

The Sale women made it a double against the Pelicans, winning a close contest 59-54.

The performance was highlighted by a truly dominant display by Indigo Waugh who put up over half of Sale’s score, scoring 31 points.

Lakes Entrance held sway by eight points at the main break, but the Sonics lifted in the third term, outscoring the hosts 20-9 to seize the lead going into the last quarter.

Waugh was clearly the best player on the court, while Charlotte Ronchi (17 points) made a valuable contribution.

Sale sits fourth on the women’s ladder with a 2-2 win-loss record.

The Sonics are seventh on the men’s ladder with a 1-3 win-loss record.