Saints grab cru­cial win

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

BY TATE SPITERI

MYRTLE­FORD’S CBL Men’s team have held on to a mas­sive win in the con­text of their sea­son de­spite a ma­jor Wal­lan come­back.

The Saints broke out to a 25-point lead with 36 sec­onds re­main­ing in the third term be­fore hold­ing on to a nar­row 79-73 win.

Although the re­sult was never re­ally in doubt, head coach, Michelle Barker said it was a learn­ing curve for her young team.

“They are a good team so we knew they were go­ing to come back at us, we maybe took our foot off the pedal a lit­tle bit,” she said.

“You can’t af­ford to re­lax but a win is a win.”

Barker was de­lighted with the bas­ket­ball the Saints pro­duced in the first three quar­ters against a Pan­thers line up, which like them, is gun­ning for a fi­nals spot.

“We’ve tried some dif­fer­ent things the last few weeks and they are start­ing to re­ally work for us, it means we’re do­ing the right things at train­ing,” Barker said.

But de­spite the good form, the Saints will have their work cut out for them this week with an un­der­manned squad trav­el­ling to Sey­mour to face the ta­ble top­ping Blasters this week­end.

“Char­lie (Crisp) and Will (McKer­ral) are at a ju­nior tour­na­ment in Shep­par­ton and Jack­son Townsend is out as well who’s been a focal point for the team; they are three cru­cial play­ers,” Barker said.

“Sey­mour won’t see our full side but maybe they’ll get an­other look in a fi­nal which would be nice and we will have a few sur­prises up our sleeve.”

In the Women’s, Myrtle­ford were de­feated 67-51 by Swan Hill af­ter the Fly­ers ran away with the game late.

The Saints have a bye this week­end be­fore trav­el­ling to Bendigo to face the un­de­feated Braves on De­cem­ber 15.

Myrtle­ford sits sixth on the lad­der with a 3-4 ledger. PHO­TOS: Janet Watt

GAME FACE: Abbey Zam­per­oni (pic­tured) has been fan­tas­tic for the Saints this sea­son av­er­ag­ing 11.33 points per game.

FLY­ING: Ben McIn­tyre (left) drives to the bas­ket for Myrtle­ford in their 79-73 win over fel­low fi­nals as­pi­rants Wal­lan on the week­end.

LO­CAL SUP­PORT: Tara Breen shoots from the free throw line as the Myrtle­ford home crowd watches on. Solid num­bers at­tended the week­end’s dou­ble header with the Women fall­ing to Swan Hill and the Men de­feat­ing Wal­lan.

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