The Country Basketball League north-east men’s division remains at the mercy of the Shepparton Gators.
After beginning Saturday night’s clash against Myrtleford at the Shepparton Sports Stadium sluggishly following the Christmas break, Josh Waight’s charges quickly rectified the situation to claim a 10th victory from as many games this season.
The Saints led for periods of the first and second terms, but a Sam Beks two-pointer started an 11-0 run for the home side and it was not headed for the rest of the contest.
‘‘It wasn’t our best game by any stretch, but we blew the cobwebs out,’’ Waight said.
‘‘We were pretty rusty early, our shots weren’t dropping and theirs were, but we found our rhythm in the second quarter and continued on from there.’’
Beks finished with 15 points for the night, one of five Gators to snare a dozen or more.
Gabe Evans (17 points), Dylan Wayman (14), Josh La Batlus (12) and Tom Crowe (12) joined Beks as the most influential players on the court in the 22-point triumph.
‘‘I was rapt to have five players scoring double figures, it was fantastic,’’ Waight said.
‘‘We’ve harped on it all year that having multiple scorers is what we want.’’
With only two regular season matches remaining — against Wangaratta and Seymour — Waight was confident his team would be ready for a deep finals tilt.
‘‘We’re back to 0-0 after Christmas, our goal is to go 5-0 in the next five games, which hopefully leads to a grand final win,’’ he said.
‘‘Next up with Wangaratta we’ve got to play well, they gave us a good hitout last time.
‘‘It will be good to get three really good games in before finals, it’s what you want because it gives us the best chance to put our best foot forward.’’