Big crowd takes in thriller

By Georgia Smith

Benalla Breakers’ Saturday night clash came down to a show-stopping finish, with Benalla locals out in force to show their support.

With 2.4 seconds to go at the Indoor Recreation Centre, Benalla was handed a chance to wrap up their first win of the CBL season against the Shepparton Gators.

But it was not meant to be, with the Gators triumphant by three points in overtime, 49-52, in a closely fought out game.

Lachlan Kego was back out on the court after going down to an ankle injury last game, while Yarrawonga imports Alex Byrne and Sam Mickelson made their debut appearance for the Breakers.

Nicholas Spencer made the most impact on the scoreboard for the home side with 13 points, while Kego followed suit slotting through five two pointers.

Breakers coach Wally Armstrong said crowds flocked to the court for round four, trumping the attendance numbers of the Breakers first home game.

‘‘There was well over 200 people making a lot of noise, it was a great atmosphere,’’ Armstrong said. ‘‘The boys should be extremely proud.

‘‘We need to tidy some things up, there’s still too many turnovers but our offensive rebounds were better compared to other games.

‘‘Hopefully the boys believe they belong here.’’

Kickstarting the night of basketball was the under-14 girls, with Benalla taking on Yarrawonga.

Benalla now has this weekend off before they hit the road for a round-six double-header against Wangaratta and Wallan.