Co-cap­tains named among CBL’s best

Alpine Observer - - Sport - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

MYRTLE­FORD lead guards Paige Zam­per­oni and Jalen Barker have been picked in the Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League’s All Star Five for the North East con­fer­ence.

The co-cap­tains for their re­spec­tive sides were stand­outs in the Saints’ de­but sea­son in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The All Star Five teams rep­re­sent the top play­ers in each con­fer­ence and are se­lected af­ter first be­ing nom­i­nated by their own as­so­ci­a­tion.

Ath­letes were then voted on by play­ers and coaches from their con­fer­ence (this car­ried 50 per cent weight­ing) and were also pro­moted on­line and voted on by the CBL fans.

On­line vot­ing car­ried 25 per cent weight­ing along with MVP votes which were col­lated at end of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“It’s been an­other fan­tas­tic Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League sea­son and our eight All Star Five ros­ters rep­re­sent the best and bright­est of the league,” CBL man­ager Sammy Cartwright said.

“To see fa­mil­iar faces like Jor­dan Canovan and Sarah Melling­ton con­tinue to ex­cel year-af­ter-year and bring their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and tal­ent to the league al­ways im­presses, but just as promis­ing is the ar­ray of new faces in these ros­ters.

“To have play­ers from emerg­ing CBL as­so­ci­a­tions like Myrtle­ford and Kyne­ton show­cases how much these teams add to our league and con­tinue to grow our com­pe­ti­tion.”

Zame­proni av­er­aged 11.9 points per game and scored in dou­ble fig­ures in seven of 11 games as the Saints women nar­rowly missed out on a fi­nals berth.

Barker tal­lied the most points in the league in the home and away sea­son with 210 at an av­er­age of 23.3 from nine games in­clud­ing a sea­son-high 37 in a win over Echuca.

While the CBL sea­son came to an end for Myrtle­ford on Jan­uary 20 the town’s next crop of bas­ket­ball tal­ent took to the court last week­end when rep com­pe­ti­tion re­turned.

Two boys teams trav­elled to Bendigo where the un­der 18s made it all the way to the grand fi­nal in di­vi­sion two be­fore be­ing beaten by War­rnam­bool Sea­hawks.

The un­der 14 boys won three of their six games also play­ing in di­vi­sion two.

In Wodonga the un­der 14 girls en­joyed a suc­cess­ful week­end but lost their fi­nal test in the di­vi­sion three de­cider against Mansfield Ea­gles.

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