Bacchus Marsh Lions prove too strong for Cannons

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Bacchus Marsh's Billy Feben. Picture Shawn Smits.

By Tara Murray

Bacchus Marsh Lions have opened their account in the Country Basketball League north-west competition.

After a disappointing first-up match, the Lions put out a much better performance on Sunday against the Castlemaine Cannons.

Lions co-coach Jeff Feben said they were much happier this week with the 104-95 win.

“There was a big difference between the way we played this week and last week,” he said.

“They were quality opposition. They beat Maryborough last night.

“We were down early, they led by 11 points before we had scored. We were a bit slow out of the blocks.

“We were able to fight our way back.”

Scores were level at quarter-time, with the Lions leading by five points at the main break.

Scores were again level at the last break.

The star for the Lions was Billy Feben, who scored 41 points.

His father said it was good to have him back on the scorers’ list, after a below par opening match.

“Bill didn’t seem to miss,” he said.

“They tried their best to stop him. It was one of those games that he found his spot and he was able to hit shots.

“It’s good to see him back to that sort of form, we will need it.”

Feben was well supported by Jordan Kirk with 21 points and Max Beaumont with 17 points.

Jeff Feben said their bigs provided plenty of support. He said the performance of Matt Parker, who scored nine points, was also impressive.

“We brought Matt on near the end and he was able to consolidate the win with a couple of big threes.

“It’s good to see Matt do that. It makes him more comfortable within the team.”

Feben said it was good to see a big home crowd being entertained with the high-scoring game.

He said hopefully they would continue to see big crowds throughout the season.

Bacchus Marsh face a winless Kyneton this weekend at Kyneton.