Saints grab im­por­tant CBL wins

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

BY TATE SPI­TERI

MYRTLE­FORD’s CBL teams had a week­end to re­mem­ber with the Men’s team pick­ing up an away vic­tory at Be­nalla on Satur­day night and the Women’s top­pling Echuca at home on Sun­day.

Hardly any­thing sep­a­rated the Saints from Be­nalla on Satur­day night with the teams ba­si­cally neck and neck from the tip off to the fi­nal buzzer.

The Saints had a fast 14-6 start but from there on the teams were within five points all night.

Scores were level at 59 apiece with three min­utes left on the clock be­fore Mathew Dy­ball proved the hero, scor­ing con­sec­u­tive bas­kets to put the Saints four points ahead.

A Dy­ball foul then brought the Break­ers’ Sam Mickelson to the free throw line with 50 sec­onds re­main­ing but he could only sink one as the Saints clung on to a 63-60 win.

Myrtle­ford now con­sol­i­date their spot in­side the top four ahead of a home clash with Wal­lan this Satur­day night at 8pm.

It shapes as a sea­son defin­ing game for the Saints given the Pan­thers are just one win be­hind them in fifth and a daunt­ing away trip to face the un­beaten Sey­mour is then next on the hori­zon.

In the women, the Saints have also en­tered the top four af­ter a 66-54 win over Echuca.

Jas­mine Cer­mi­nara was the star of the show for the Saints be­ing named best on court while sis­ters Paige (18 points) and Abbey Zam­per­oni (14) con­tin­ued their ex­cel­lent form.

The Pi­rates launched their big­gest chal­lenge early in the fi­nal quar­ter as they cut the mar­gin to just five points, but a three pointer al­most in­stantly fol­lowed by a two from the older Zam­per­oni, Paige, quashed any hopes of an upset.

Myrtle­ford host Swan Hill in the first match of this Satur­day nights dou­ble header at the Myrtle­ford Sta­dium with tip off at 6pm.

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