Con­fi­dence-boost­ing win

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SARAH SCULLY

Ararat Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s men’s team cel­e­brated its first Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League vic­tory for the sea­son on home turf.

The Red­backs were too strong for south-west con­fer­ence op­po­nent Terang, de­feat­ing the Tor­na­does by 21 points in front of a healthy crowd at Ararat Fit­ness Cen­tre.

The Red­backs are third on the con­fer­ence lad­der and will take con­fi­dence from the vic­tory into this week’s dou­ble header.

Ararat will again have the home­town ad­van­tage, host­ing Mt Gam­bier Lak­ers on Satur­day night and Port­land Coast­ers on Sun­day.

Zac Dun­more, 17 points, and Jesse Poul­ton, 15, de­buted for the Red­backs at the week­end and were shin­ing lights.

The pair was ably as­sisted by Do­minic Di Domenico, 10, with all 11 play­ers con­tribut­ing to the score­line.

Coach Steve Cronin will hope his charges re­tain their form for a tough en­counter with com­pe­ti­tion heavy­weight Mt Gam­bier.

The Red­backs will start favourite on Sun­day against Port­land, which is still chas­ing its first win of the sea­son.

This week­end will be the first lot of dou­ble head­ers for the Ararat men.

The women will also take to the court against Port­land on Sun­day.

The Red­backs fell short of Terang at the week­end, go­ing down 40-62 in a spir­ited per­for­mance.

Chloe Dun­more, 12 points, led the way, with the scor­ing shared among sev­eral of her team-mates.

The Red­backs are sit­ting fifth with one win from three games and will be keen to chalk up another vic­tory against the Coast­ers, who have one win from two matches.

The men will take to the court at Ararat Fit­ness Cen­tre on Satur­day night at 8pm.

The women kick off the ac­tion on Sun­day at noon, with the men to tip off at 2pm.

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