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Maffra too strong across CBL weekend

Round 5 of the Gippsland Men's Country Basketball League saw Maffra record a good win over Lakes Entrance. The Eagles flew high on Sunday off...

Teams get into CBL basketball

Country basketball returned for season 2023 at the weekend. The Country Basketball League's senior men's opening round had tight finishes and blowouts. Maffra recovered from a...

Eagles through to Big Dance

Maffra is through to the Men's Grand Final of the Country Basketball League. The Eagles won through to the decider after defeating Moe in Sunday's...
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Sonics get points over Lakes

Sale Sonics had a busy weekend, hosting a doubleheader in Round 8 of Country Basketball League. Sonics faced the wrath of Moe on Saturday night,...

Maffra secures vital wins at home and on the road

Josh FarrellMaffra secured important wins in both the men's and women's Country Basketball League on the weekend with the women just falling short of a finals berth and the men's side setting themselves up for a big finals series.The men's side got a comfortable win on Saturday over Lakes Entrance defeating the Pelicans 101-58.The Eagles put up an impressive 33 points in the first period, but Lakes Entrance were competitive putting on 25 themselves.Maffra skipped away in the second term however, outscoring the Pelicans by 17 points to begin building its lead.After the half time break it was simple for the Eagles to just keep themselves ahead and get some minutes into its bench players.At the third quarter break Maffra had a lead of 29 points after the Pelicans competed well but the Eagles got away to the final margin of 43.It was a good spread of scoring from Maffra and solid performances from a number of players.Byron Sandeman (18), Andrew Quirk (13), Coby Burgiel (13) and Tom Stephenson (11) were all in the points for the Eagles.It was a similar tale in the women's fixture with Maffra walking away with a 33 point win to help them stay in finals contention.It was tight first period and the Pelicans went into the first break with a one point lead.The Eagles were immense in the second term outscoring Lakes Entrance by 22 points only allowing seven points from the Pelicans.After that the Eagles kept the scoring down once again keeping the Pelicans to seven points in the third period and 11 in the final period.Maffra finished the match with a scoreline of 77-44 to start its weekend well.Emerson Connolly had an insane match scoring over half of Maffra's score putting up 39 of the Eagle's 77 points and only fouling the opposition once.Jaime Gallatly and Tayla Gallatly assisted Connolly well with 13 and 11 points respectively.The Eagles men's side got an important win on Sunday afternoon in what was a seesawing affair.Maffra looked comfortable for most of the match but left the door slightly ajar and Moe took the lead in the third period before the Eagles put the foot down and came away with the win 103-90.Andrew Quirk started the match well getting busy in the paint drawing fouls to have seven points halfway through the first period.While the match may have been a dead rubber as both teams had already made finals, neither was going to go down easy.The score at the break had Maffra up by three points and the match was poised to be a close one.In the second term Maffra was able to pick holes in Moe's defence and improved its lead to 15 points.The Eagles were disciplined at both ends of the court and drew a lot of contact in the paint to head to the line regularly.Moe was growing frustrated and tensions threatened to boil over before the half time break.Coming out after the break Moe switched into gear and Maffra struggled on offence and the deficit was quickly reduced and Moe even jumped into the lead.The Eagles were turning the ball over regularly and were ice cold from all parts of the court.The Eagles managed to stem the flow - recapturing the intensity that had served them well in the first half and got its offence going to lead by three points going into the final period.In the fourth term Sam Whelan got to work hitting multiple threes to break the back of Moe's comeback and surge Maffra to the lead.He was then controversially fouled out and Moe may have sniffed an opportunity to get back into the match.Coby Burgiel was not in his regular form, but got busy in the final term to ensure Maffra remained ahead.The scoring was well spread for Maffra with Sam Whelan walking away with 20 points, Andrew Quirk 19, Thomas Stephenson 17, Marcus Cope 12 and Coby Burgiel 12.The Eagles women's side got an important win over top of the ladder Traralgon who were missing a few players but were still not going to be easy to overcome.Maffra defeated the T-Birds 73-37 with a good spread of scoring from a number of players.The Eagles got away to an

CBL wrap up

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.

Maffra men hope to stay in touch with top two of CBL

The Country Basketball League will get back underway this weekend with Maffra's men's team featuring in a double-header.

Maffra and Sale went head to head at the Cameron Sporting Complex

THE first round of the Country Basketball League got underway on Saturday with the grudge match of Maffra taking on Sale in both the...

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