Co-captains named among CBL’s best
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.