Big crowd takes in thriller

Benalla Ensign - - Motorsport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

Be­nalla Break­ers’ Satur­day night clash came down to a show-stop­ping fin­ish, with Be­nalla lo­cals out in force to show their sup­port.

With 2.4 sec­onds to go at the In­door Recre­ation Cen­tre, Be­nalla was handed a chance to wrap up their first win of the CBL sea­son against the Shep­par­ton Ga­tors.

But it was not meant to be, with the Ga­tors tri­umphant by three points in over­time, 49-52, in a closely fought out game.

Lach­lan Kego was back out on the court af­ter go­ing down to an an­kle in­jury last game, while Yar­ra­wonga im­ports Alex Byrne and Sam Mick­el­son made their de­but ap­pear­ance for the Break­ers.

Ni­cholas Spencer made the most im­pact on the score­board for the home side with 13 points, while Kego fol­lowed suit slot­ting through five two point­ers.

Break­ers coach Wally Arm­strong said crowds flocked to the court for round four, trump­ing the at­ten­dance num­bers of the Break­ers first home game.

‘‘There was well over 200 peo­ple mak­ing a lot of noise, it was a great at­mos­phere,’’ Arm­strong said. ‘‘The boys should be ex­tremely proud.

‘‘We need to tidy some things up, there’s still too many turnovers but our of­fen­sive re­bounds were bet­ter com­pared to other games.

‘‘Hope­fully here.’’

Kick­start­ing the night of bas­ket­ball was the un­der-14 girls, with Be­nalla tak­ing on Yar­ra­wonga.

Be­nalla now has this week­end off be­fore they hit the road for a round-six dou­ble-header against Wan­garatta and Wal­lan. the boys be­lieve they be­long Be­nalla Ladies Rac­quet­ball re­sults for round 13. Daws de­feated Macs 5-1. Free­man de­feated Bam­ford 4-2.

De­but: Sam Mick­el­son look­ing for his team­mates in his first game with the Break­ers on Satur­day night. Pic­tures: Dar­ren Skel­ton

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