No match for Ga­tors

Benalla Ensign - - Communityvoice -

The Be­nalla Break­ers were no match for the Shepparton Ga­tors on Sun­day for round eight of the North East Men’s CBL com­pe­ti­tion.

In what Breaker’s coach Wally Arm­strong de­scribed as ‘‘the worst per­for­mance so far,’’ Be­nalla took an 88-43 point loss to the Ga­tors at the Shepparton Sports Stadium.

Shepparton broke out of the gates af­ter quar­ter time to outdo the newly formed Be­nalla side, who are still wait­ing for their first win of the sea­son.

But there was some glim­mer­ing mo­ments of hope for the Break­ers, with Sam Mick­el­son con­tin­u­ing his good form to top score for Be­nalla, while Riley Kego played his best game so far.

Coach Arm­strong said the team was sim­ply out­classed.

‘‘We should have been more com­pet­i­tive,’’ Arm­strong said.

‘‘It is our first sea­son and it’s not a long sea­son so we will learn from our losses and keep train­ing.

‘‘Hope­fully we can im­prove and take a win some­where along the way.’’

The Break­ers now have a week off be­fore meet­ing Wodonga be­fore the Christ­mas break.

In other bas­ket­ball news, the un­der-18 and un­der-14 boys teams had VJBL games on Fri­day night, with lo­cals Cooper Nichols, Thomas Hill and Zach Sch­luter in ac­tion.

The Be­nalla men’s next game will be played on Satur­day De­cem­ber 15 at 8 pm at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Cen­tre.

Eye on prize: Be­nalla’s Lach­lan Thomp­son keeps his eye on the ball as Shepparton’s Nathan Grace takes it down the court.Pic­ture: Rod­ney Braith­waite

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