THE Bendigo Bank Braves withstood a final-quarter fightback from Geelong Supercats to win Friday night's men's basketball clash by five points.
Bendigo led 77-63 at a quarter to go on Geelong's court at The Arena.
The Supercats upped their play at both ends of the court, but it was the Braves who won 96-91.
Bendigo's attack was led by Josh Wilcher, 24 points; Dustin Salisbery, 23; Michael Vigor, 14; Taylor Bell, 13; Kevin Prober, 11; and Chris Hogan, 10.
The night's play tipped off with Geelong Supercats winning the women's match against the Bendigo Lady Braves.