CBL wrap up

James Whelan put up nine points in Maffra's win on Saturday. Photo: File

Similar to most sports, the CBL was affected by positive COVID cases over the weekend which saw Maffra’s match with Warragul postponed to January 15.

 

The match with Wonthaggi still went ahead on Sunday afternoon and remained vitally important for the Eagles to remain in touch with the top two teams.

 

Maffra got the job done with a comfortable 87-63 victory, equalling the number of wins of second place Traralgon.

 

For the Eagles, it was the usual suspects who did the damage to ensure they got the victory on the road.

 

Andrew Quirk and Coby Burgiel put up 21 points each to continue their got start to the season.

 

The first period ended with scores level and it looked like the match may go down to the wire.

 

After the close first quarter the Eagles took control of the match extending their lead at each break to skip away to an important win.

 

The Eagles women side got an important win which allowed them to jump to third on the ladder.

 

The women had a slightly closer match then the men getting the win by 12 points, 81-69, a result set up by a dominant first term.

 

The Eagles skipped away to a 12-point lead at the conclusion of the first quarter and it looked like it would be a big win for Maffra.

 

The Coasters found their groove in the second term reducing the lead to only six points going into the half-time break.

 

Maffra added a three-point lead at the end of each term to close out the match and ensure they got an important victory.

 

A slightly different looking side still got the job done for Maffra with big contributions Tayler Hardman and Emerson Connolly.

 

Hardman put up 24 points and Connolly 20 staying pout of foul trouble only getting three and two respectively.

 

The men’s side is sitting in third on the ladder with a 4-1 win-loss record, behind Traralgon on percentage.

 

For the women’s side, the victory sees them jump to the top of tight middle part of the table to sit third on the ladder on 12 points with a 3-3 win-loss record.

 

Sale men’s side hosted Korumburra Wildcats at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.

 

The eighth-placed Sonics were in search for their second win of the season against the fifth place Wildcats.

 

It was a tough weekend for the men’s side going down to the Wildcats 109-75.
The men’s team was relatively inexperienced with debuts going to Zach Felsbourg and Elijah Berry.

The Sonics worked hard to keep the scoring in check, but had no answer to the dominance of Vin Monaghan, who put up 34 points for the Wildcats.

 

Korumburra jumped out of the blocks and got away to a 15-point lead at the end of the first period.

 

Sale pegged it back in the second term reducing the lead to 11 points going into the half-time break.

 

After the break, Sale continue their momentum from the second quarter and brought the margin back to three points.

 

The more athletic Wildcats put the foot down however, getting away to 220point lead at the end of term.

 

Korumburra then continued its dominance and finished with a 34 point victory.

 

The Sonics women’s side played a double header over the weekend against Traralgon on Saturday and and then the Wildcats on Sunday.

 

These two matches were important for the Sonics who had a string of unlucky losses in the first part of the season and were hoping to re-join the winners list.

 

It was always going to be a tough weekend for the Sonics taking on the top two teams in their matches, but the Sonics were not going to roll over and accept defeat.

 

Sale almost caused the upset of the season against the undefeated Traralgon T-Birds, going down 68-58.

 

Traralgon got away to a seven-point lead at the conclusion of the first term, but the Sonics were not going to go away.

 

The T-Birds then extended their lead to go into the main break with an 11-point advantage, but Sale were staying in touch.

 

Sale then reduced the lead to only eight points at the conclusion of the third quarter and they had momentum going into the final term.

 

They came within four points in the last stanza, but just fell short and Traralgon finished with a 10-point victory and the loss is another one of the ‘what could have been’ for the Sonics.

 

Liv Barnett and Ash Centra were pivotal for Sale putting up 16 and 14 points respectively in a gallant effort.

 

The women’s side did not have long to dwell on the loss as they would have another tough match up with the second-placed Wildcats on Sunday.

 

Korumburra skipped away to an early lead up by 12 points at the conclusion of the first period.

 

It was always going to be tough for the Sonics to come back from the ascendancy the Wildcats had created.

 

Korumburra extended to a 19-point lead before Sale reduced it to 11 points before the Wildcats kicked out again to win by 18.

 

For the Sonics, it was the scoring of Ash Centra (18), Chloe Smith (14) and Sienna Wynd (13) who gave them a sniff of victory.

 

The men’s side find themselves eighth on the ladder with 1-6 win-loss record while the women are sixth with a 2-6 win-loss record.