Craigieburn Eagles scored an important win as they maintained their spot at the top of Big V men’s division 2.
The ladder-leading Eagles travelled north to take on third-placed Mildura Heat, with both sides looking to cement spots in the top pack.
The Eagles’ first half set up the 88-79 win.
The Eagles out-scored the Heat by four points in the first quarter and then six in the second for a 10-point half-time lead.
The teams went goal for goal for most of the second half.
The Heat managed to win the second half by a point – not enough to close the gap.
Damon Smith top-scored for the Eagles with 22 points, as four of the five starters scored double figures.
The win is the Eagles’ ninth in a row and 10th for the season. They are 10-2.
Three of the Eagles’ four sides are sitting on top of their ladders.
The women’s side, which had a bye at the weekend, is undefeated in division 2.
The youth league 2 men’s side had a 15-point win against Pakenham Warriors on Saturday night.
The youth league women’s division side, which sits middle of the table, lost to Geelong Supercats on Sunday afternoon in an over-time thriller.
The Cats found another level in the extra period, out-scoring the Eagles 8-1 for a 75-68 win.
Shona Brooks top-scored for the Eagles with 16 points.
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