Saints grab crucial win
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.