Saints grab important CBL wins
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.