Early burst good enough for Cavs

By Gavin Staindl
REBOUNDING from a sapping loss on Saturday night, the Cranbourne Cavaliers turned in their first win of the BigV season, beating Coburg 77-68 at the Cranbourne Basketball Centre on Sunday.
The Division 2 team had not won a first quarter in its three opening games and after a disappointing five-point loss to Keilor the night before, the Cavs could have been forgiven for lacking energy in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.
But the slow-starters were anything but, as they skipped to a 28-13 lead by the first break.
Despite not winning another quarter for the remainder of the match, the previously winless Cavs had done enough to get over the line for the first time this season.
Jayden McMillan had his best game of the season as he sunk 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Cavs.
Cranbourne may consider itself unlucky not to have clinched both of the weekend’s matches after it gave up a three-quarter time lead over Keilor to lose 79-74 at Keilor Basketball Stadium on Saturday night.
Cranbourne welcomed back Justin McMillan for his first game since returning from holiday, and judging by his shooting accuracy it appeared the sharpshooter hadn’t lost any of his touch while away on vacation.
Like his brother on Sunday’s game, Justin hit 28 points, with a field goal accuracy of above 70 per cent.
The McMillan brothers will once again be critical for Cranbourne’s future prospects and the pair will be tested when the Cavs host the undefeated Mildura on Saturday night.