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NBL1 West wrap: Round 9

IN ROUND 10 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition, Perry Lakes Hawks asserted their dominance across both competitions with impressive wins, including a top of the table victory in the men’s division.

WOMEN’S:

Perry Lakes Hawks had a good weekend in Round 9, triumphing in both their clashes over Lakeside Lightning and South West Slammers. The Hawks started off the weekend with a Friday victory over the Lightning, getting up 91-74, before smashing the Slammers on Saturday evening with a 66-point shellacking on the road. In the tighter 17-point win, Perry Lakes took control from the start and lead by eight points at the first break, then won each quarter after that to secure the victory. They also won the four quarters against the Slammers who were competitive for a term – scoring 18 points in the first – but then proceeded to only score 13 over the next three quarters – including just two in the second and fourth quarters – to go down 97-31.

Megan McKay had a couple of memorable outings, putting up 22 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and three steals against Lakeside Lightning, then added 22 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists in just 19 minutes against the South West Slammers. Natalie Burton did a lot of damage against the Slammers with 24 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, having a quieter 11 points, six rebounds and two assists against the Lightning. Millicent McCarthy (20 points, four rebounds and two steals) was lively from long-range against the Lightning, but only managed the eight points, through eight assists, five steals and three rebounds, against the Slammers.

There was not much to smile about from South West’s perspective, with Zaya Lilly Black battling hard to score a team-high seven points, as well as six rebounds. Cian Parsons was the top player with 13 rebounds – 11 defensive – to go with six points, matched on a scoring front by Imogen Van Iaere (six points, seven rebounds). The more competitive Lightning had the impressive Ashleigh Isenbarger who finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Kyrah Daniels (13 points, four assists, two steals and two blocks) and Jae Flynn (12 points, three rebounds) also hit double-digit points.

Another team that picked up two wins on the weekend – both on the road – was East Perth Eagles who knocked over Rockingham Flames by six points (83-77) and then Willetton Lightning by 13 points (87-76). In a battle of the two losers from Friday night, the Lightning bounced back to record a three-point win over Rockingham Flames (72-69) on Saturday. Meanwhile in other results, Cockburn Cougars defeated Mandurah Magic by 13 points, Warwrick Senators smashed Perth Redbacks by 35 points, and Joondalup Wolves grabbed the win against Eastern Suns by 12 points.

ROUND 9 RESULTS:

Perry Lakes Hawks (91) def. Lakeside Lightning (74)
Rockingham Flames (77) def. by East Perth Eagles (83)
Cockburn Cougars (69) def. Mandurah Magic (56)
Perth Redbacks (58) def. by Warwick Senators (93)
South West Slammers (31) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (97)
Willetton Tigers (76) def. by East Perth Eagles (87)
Lakeside Lightning (72) def. Rockingham Flames (69)
Eastern Suns (54) def. by Joondalup Wolves (66)

MEN’S:

A top of the table clash between Perry Lakes Hawks and Lakeside Lightning went the way of the now first placed Hawks, as Perry Lakes got up by 16 points. Playing on Friday night, the Hawks were sluggish at the start as the visitors got away to a five-point lead at quarter time, and were out by eight at the main break. Reeling them in immediately after half-time, the Hawks scored 22-10 in the third term to take a four-point advantage into three quarter time, before piling on 25 to 13 in the final term to win 97-81.

Lewis Thomas lead the way for the Hawks with a double-double of 25 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two assists. Also contributing well across the floor was Ben Purser (21 points, seven assists and five rebounds), whilst Ryan Smith (18 points, five rebounds and three assists) and Mitchell Clarke (12 points, eight assists and four rebounds) also impressed. Andrew Ferguson (eight points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks) was strong off the boards.

For the Lightning, Julius Bowie took control of scoring with 22 points and four rebounds, one of four players to rack up double-digit points. Jack Isenbarger (19 points, two assists), Kyle Armour (17 points, four rebounds and two assists) and Rowan Mackenzie (15 points, seven rebounds) were also impressive.

Turning around the result, the Lightning took the win over Rockingham Flames on Saturday, getting up by 17 points, 101-84. They won the first half by nine points, then finished strongly with a 26-18 last term to win comfortably. Mackenzie managed the 26 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Isenbarger pipped him for 28 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Bowie had 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. For the Flames, Cirkook Makuac Riak (22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists), Ryan Godfrey (14 points, four assists and three rebounds) and Justin Beard (seven points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists) were among the best players.

In a much easier win than their Friday night victory, Perry Lakes Hawks secured a 27-point win over South West Slammers on the road. Matthew Leary (16 points, four rebounds and two assists) did well, stepping up with Ferguson (19 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals), Clarke (15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals) and Smith (14 points, five rebounds) in the big win. For the Slammers, Mitchell Keller (15 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks) and Ngor Nai (10 points, three rebounds and two steals) were the double-digit scorers.

In other results, Warwick Senators suffered a disappointing loss to Perth Redbacks by 14 points, as East Perth Eagles went down in both their clashes to Rockingham Flames (52 points) and Willetton Tigers (26 points). Mandurah Magic proved too good for Cockburn Cougars (13 points), while Goldfields Giants came away with the eight-point victory over Geraldton Buccaneers, and Eastern Suns suffered back-to-back defeats to Joondalup Wolves (18 points) and Mandurah Magic (14).

ROUND 9 RESULTS:

Perry Lakes Hawks (97) def. Lakeside Lightning (81)
Rockingham Flames (105) def. East Perth Eagles (53)
Cockburn Cougars (78) def. by Mandurah Magic (91)
Geraldton Buccaneers (62) def. by Goldfields Giants (70)
Perth Redbacks (83) def. Warwick Senators (69)
South West Slammers (64) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (91)
Willetton Tigers (90) def. East Perth Eagles (64)
Lakeside Lightning (101) def. Rockingham Flames (84)
Eastern Suns (75) def. by Joondalup Wolves (103)
Mandurah Magic (83) def. Eastern Suns (69)

 

Picture credit: Eric Paul Goldie

NBL1 West wrap: Round 7

AS the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition continued over the weekend, both the men’s and women’s divisions had some classic contests, and we recap how all the games went down.

WOMEN:

A dominant final term from East Perth Eagles ended the unbeaten streak of Joondalup Wolves with a 17-point triumph at home. The Eagles lead by six points at quarter time, and held that lead right up until the final break, before piling on 21 points to eight in the last stanza to run away with the eye-catching upset win.

Brianna Moyes (23 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals) lead the way for points, while Tahlia Fejo (17 points, four rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks) did a bit of everything, and Opal Mader (17 points, four rebounds and two assists) was also impressive. Chelsea Belcher stood out for the Wolves with 16 points, while Amber Land (11 points, nine rebounds and two assists) and Neseya Parker-Williams (eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals) were both impressive.

Joondalup Wolves did manage to bounce back last night with a seven-point win over Perry Lakes Hawks, 73-66. Kayla Steindl had 25 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in a double-double performance, while Rebecca Benson (12 points, two assists) and Parker-Williams (eight points, nine rebounds, six steals and three assists) all contributed to the cause. Madeleine Dennis (27 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Sarah Donovan (18 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals) were the two best in the Hawks’ defeat.

The next closest result of the round went the way of Perth Redbacks who took the points over a sluggish Mandurah Magic. The Hawks piled on 40-13 in the first half to set up the win, and whilst they lost the second half 45-27, had done more than enough to win 67-58. Makailah Dyer (23 points, six rebounds) and Maddison Allen (nine points, six rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks) were the keys for the Redbacks, while Casey Mihovilich (16 points, five steals, three rebounds and three assists) and Carly Boag (seven points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals) covered plenty of areas for the Magic.

Warwick Senators easily dominated Lakeside Lightning, doubling their score on the Senators’ way to a huge 102-51 victory. Tayla Hepburn (24 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Stacey Barr (23 points, five rebounds and two assists) did most of the scoring damage, with Caitlyn Jones (15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals) and Chloe Forster (15 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals) also influential. Savannah Coleman had six points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Kyrah Daniels tried hard for the Lightning with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

In other results, Rockingham Flames picked up another win to hand Cockburn Cougars a second straight defeat, getting up 71-52, whilst Eastern Suns piled on more pain to South West Slammers with a 53-point shellacking at home. Christina Boag (25 points, 14 rebounds and three assists) and Tayah Burrows (24 points, seven assists and four rebounds) were outstanding for the Flames and countered out the impact of the Cougars’ Jessie Edwards (16 points, 11 rebounds). In the other game, Jewell Williams (24 points, four assists and three rebounds) top-scored for the Eastern Suns, but it was the likes of Mia Jacobs (14 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists) and Ellyce Ironmonger (10 points, 12 rebounds) who picked up double-doubles, and Samantha Roscoe chipping in with a dominant 18points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Zaya Lilly Black (21 points, four steals and three rebounds) and Jasmine Barrett (16 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals) were the only key scorers for the Slammers.

ROUND 7 RESULTS:

East Perth (75) def. Joondalup Wolves (58)
Mandurah Magic (58) def. by Perth Redbacks (67)
Warwick Senators (102) def. Lakeside Lightning (51)
Rockingham Flames (71) def. Cockburn Cougars (52)
Eastern Suns (109) def. South West Slammers (56)
Perry Lakes Hawks (66) def. by Joondalup Wolves (73)

MEN’S:

The match of the round was easy to pick in the NBL1 West men’s division, with Willetton Tigers coming from behind at the final break to win by one point over Goldfields Giants to grab the 74-73 victory. After being level at quarter time, the Giants took advantage and went up by two at half-time and seven by the final break, before the Tigers roared back to life to run over the top of the Giants and secure the 21-13 triumph.

Connor Mincherton (21 points, seven rebounds and two assists), Michael Vigor (18 points, 14 rebounds and four assists) and Damien Scott (14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) were key players in the win. For the Giants, Julian Pesava (16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals), Dion Collins (13 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals) and Fletcher Klasztorny (11 points, six rebounds and four assists) were the key architects in trying to keep their side in the contest.

Lakeside Lightning handed Warwick Senators their first loss of the season, posting a 90-61 triumph to continue their fantastic season. Grabbing a 29-point win on the road, the Lightning were lead by Julius Bowie (26 points, seven rebounds) and Kyle Armour (16 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds). Warwick Senators had Justin King (19 points and two assists) and Cody Ellis (16 points and three steals) who topped up the team’s scoring column.

Perry Lakes Hawks picked up back-to-back wins in Round 7 with victories over Geraldton Buccaneers (27 points) and Joondalup Wolves (31 points) to remain one of the key title contenders this season. Cooper Hamilton (17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists), Ben Purser (16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals) and Mitchell Clarke (16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists) were consistent contributors across both games. Matthiang Muo (24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals) was the top player for the Buccaneers, while Jonathan Wade (34 points, three rebounds) lit it up for the Wolves.

The Wolves picked up a win over Perth Eagles by 33 points, thanks to another 34 points from Wade, who racked up 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals for his troubles. Sioeli Vaiangina (14 points, eight rebounds) also stood out for the victors. Kieran Berry (20 points, five rebounds and two assists) was the dominant scorer for the Eagles. Meanwhile Mandurah Magic defeated Perth Redbacks by eight points (82-74), as Ben Smith (21 points, nine rebounds), Fred Williams (15 points, six rebounds) and Jerami Grace (12 points, five assists and three rebounds) all impressed, though the Redbacks’ Louis Timms (27 points, seven rebounds) and Isaac Gattorna-Hargrave (20 points, four rebounds and four assists) both put up some big numbers.

In other results, Rockingham Flames defeated Cockburn Cougars by 21 points (106-85), whilst in the battle of the winless sides, South West Slammers finally got on the board with a 10-point triumph over Eastern Suns, 90-80. Justin Beard (23 points, five rebounds) and Atem Bior (21 points, seven rebounds) combined well for the Flames against Cockburn’s Jaarod Holmes (17 points, six rebounds) and Seva Chan (17 points, four assists and two rebounds), while the Slammers’ Mitchell Keller (25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists) and Suns’ Ryan Blanchett (20 points, eight rebounds) were the key players for their respective sides.

ROUND 7 RESULTS:

East Perth Eagles (61) def. by Joondalup Wolves (94)
Geraldton Buccaneers (63) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (90)
Mandurah Magic (82) def. Perth Redbacks (74)
Goldfields Giants (73) def. by Willetton Tigers (74)
Warwick Senators (61) def. by Lakeside Lightning (90)
Rockingham Flames (106) def. Cockburn Cougars (85)
Eastern Suns (80) def. by South West Slammers (90)
Perry Lakes Hawks (118) def. Joondalup Wolves (87)

Picture credit: Eric Paul Goldie

2021 NBL1 West preview: Round 5

THERE are no shortages of classic contests across both the women’s and men’s competitions this weekend in the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West, as we preview the Warwick Senators and Joondalup Wolves clash in the women’s league, whilst looking at the Perry Lakes Hawks travelling to Willetton Tigers in the men’s division.

WOMEN’S:

Looking at this week’s matches it is hard to look past the Warwick Senators hosting the Joondalup Wolves. The home team has won its past two matches, and will take to Warwick Stadium tonight to host a Wolves outfit that is unbeaten from two games. The Senators will just have the one game to focus on this weekend, but the Wolves will need to back up against a Mandurah Magic side that will take to the court with a 1-2 record. If the Wolves lose both clashes, they will join both the Senators and Magic at two wins from four games.

The Wolves have some great depth at the center spot, with Kayla Steindl being the impressive leader in there. The Perth Lynx shooter did only play the one game thus far, but put up 24 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two assists last wee in the Wolves’ win over the Eastern Suns. Expect her to be a huge factor in tonight’s clash, teaming up with even more experienced center Amber Land (11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals). Another Lynx talent in 19-year-old Neseya Parker-Williams has made a promising start to the 2021 NBL1 West season, dropping 14.5 points. 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks in the first two games. The other Wolves player to watch is Chelsea Belcher, with the guard recording 13 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals from her two games this season.

Warwick Senators have a couple of gun shooters in Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard and Stacey Barr who have set the competition alight in 2021. Clinch Hoycard has dropped a remarkable 24.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 4.5 steals and 2.6 blocks in an all-round complete performance, making it count from the field with a 55.8 per cent accuracy. Barr is not far behind with 22.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals, shooting at just under a 48 per cent clip from the field. Veteran Nicole Jorre de St Jorre has defied her 39 years of age with a playmaking effort of eight assists to accompany her 5.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game. Her clean hands have allowed the likes of Tayla Hepburn (16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks) and 18-year-old Chloe Forster (15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists) to go to work on the offensive end.

In other matches, the Eastern Suns play back-to-back games in search of their first win, taking on Cockburn Cougars (2-0) and Willetton Tigers (1-1) on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The other Friday night clash tonight is between the Perth Redback and East Perth Eagles in the respective team’s only clashes of the weekend. In the remaining two fixtures, Willetton Tigers (1-1) host Perry Lakes Hawks (1-0), while something has to give between the two winless bottom sides in Lakeside Lightning (0-2) and South West Slammers (0-4).

FIXTURES:

Perth Redbacks (1-1) vs. East Perth Eagles (2-1)
Warwick Senators (2-1) vs. Joondalup Wolves (2-0)
Joondalup Wolves (2-0) vs. Mandurah Magic (1-2)
Willetton Tigers (1-1) vs. Perry Lakes Hawks (1-0)
Lakeside Lightning (0-2) vs. South West Slammers (0-4)
Eastern Suns (0-1) vs. Cockburn Cougars (2-0)
Eastern Suns (0-1) vs. Willetton Tigers (1-1)

MEN’S:

The match of the round in the men’s is the Willetton Tigers hosting the Perry Lakes Hawks. While the Senators and Wolves clash promises to be equally as impressive in the men’s as it is in the women’s, the Tigers and Hawks clash will see one of the sides move to 3-0 this season. The head-to-head will be the Hawks’ only clash of the weekend, while the Tigers will travel to take on the Eastern Suns on Sunday.

Previewing the home team first, the Tigers have had two top scorers thus far, with 18-year-old Roosevelt Williams dropping 21 points, six rebounds and two assists in his first game back on April 17, shooting at an elite 88.9 per cent from the field. Damien Scott – 10 years his senior – has been the prime scorer for Willetton, knocking down 23.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.5 blocks, with a 57.6 per cent shooting efficiency. Add in the likes of developing 19-year-olds Dylan Hampson (8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds) and Hunter Clarke (6.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals) and the future is bright for the Tigers.

Unlike the Tigers, instead of having two dominant shooters, the Perry Lakes Hawks have five players who have averaged double-figure points across the Hawks’ two games. Leading the way is Ben Purser, with the experienced forward knocking down 16 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals. The back court has plenty of depth with Mitchell Clarke (16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals), Cooper Hamilton (13.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds) and Matthew Leary (13.5 points, 3.0 steals and 2.0 rebounds) all putting up good scoring numbers in the first two games. Center Andrew Ferguson is averaging an impressive 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game, whilst only coming in for the Hawks’ second game, Lewis Thomas has shot the lights out with 15 points at 83.3 per cent efficiency, as well as four rebounds and three assists in the win over Perth Redbacks.

In other fixtures, the Suns not only face the Tigers, but the Cockburn Cougars (0-2) as well, whilst the Perth Redbacks and East Perth Eagles go head-to-head tonight. The Eagles then host Goldfields Giants tomorrow, while the Wolves have a second game up against Mandurah Magic (2-1). The remaining fixtures sees the Geraldton Buccaneers (0-1) up against the Rockingham Flames (2-1), and the Lakeside Lightning (1-1) hosting the winless South West Slammers (0-4).

FIXTURES:

Perth Redbacks (0-2) vs. East Perth Eagles (1-2)
Warwick Senators (3-0) vs. Joondalup Wolves (2-0)
Geraldton Buccaneers (0-1) vs. Rockingham Flames (2-1)
Joondalup Wolves (2-0) vs. Mandurah Magic (2-1)
East Perth Eagles (1-2) vs. Goldfields Giants (1-1)
Willetton Tigers (2-0) vs. Perry Lakes Hawks (2-0)
Lakeside Lightning (1-1) vs. South West Slammers (0-4)
Eastern Suns (0-1) vs. Cockburn Cougars (0-2)
Eastern Suns (0-1) vs. Willetton Tigers (2-0)

Picture credit: NBL1

2021 NBL1 West wrap: Round 4

AFTER a fortnight off due to various State Government restrictions, the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition tipped off for Round 4 and some teams made their entrance into the new competition, whilst others established themselves with big wins or heavy losses.

WOMEN’S:

Mandurah Magic (50) def. by Cockburn Cougars (71)

Cockburn Cougars made it back-to-back wins to tip-off the season, taking care of Mandurah Magic by 21 points. The Cougars dominated the first half to race out to a 24-point lead, and that went out to 28 by the break, before a low-scoring 13-point final term resulted in Cockburn getting the job done 71-50. Jessie Edwards led the way for the winners with 14 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals, as Taylah Simmons (13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Olivia Bassett-Scarfe (12 points, five rebounds) were also busy. Serika Shillingsworth was the only double-digit Magic scorer with 13 points, two rebounds and two steals, while Casey Mihovilovich finished with seven points, five assists, five steals and three rebounds.

Warwick Senators (111) def. South West Slammers (32)

Warwick Senators showed no mercy to a struggling South West Slammers, dominating every quarter on their way to a 79-point shellacking. The Senators piled on at least 25 points in every quarter, and kept the Slammers to single-digits in three of the four terms during the 111-32 victory. Stacey Barr (24 points, 10 rebounds and three assists) and Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard (24 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and six steals) top-scored with double-doubles, as Tayla Hepburn (17 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and two steals) also racked up a double-double. Zaya Lilly Black (nine points, four rebounds and two steals) was the prominent scorer for the Slammers, while Imogen Van Iaere finished with five points and seven rebounds in the match.

Lakeside Lightning (75) def. by East Perth Eagles (80)

East Perth Eagles won a tight one on the road over Lakeside Lightning, getting up by just the five points. The Eagles led by 14 points at half-time before the home team hit back to cut the deficit over the second half. Unfortunately for Lakeside, the Lightning just fell short, going down 75-80. Mary Teresa Goulding had 26 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists, while Opal Mader (17 points, six rebounds) and Tahlia Fejo (14 points, seven rebounds and six steals) were also prominent. For the Lightning, Ashleigh Isenbarger was a clear standout with 21 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and four steals, while Emma Clarke (16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals), and Mikayla Pirini (11 points, four assists and two rebounds) were also busy.

Rockingham Flames (85) def. Willetton Tigers (72)

Rockingham Flames’ dominant third quarter of 27-11 has helped kick the home team into gear for a big 13-point win over Willeton Tigers. The Flames trailed by a point at half-time, but took control in the third term, and while the Tigers managed to win the last quarter, the damage was done and Rockingham took home the win, 85-72. Jorjah Smith (20 points, five rebounds) and Tayah Burrows (19 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals) both had some prominent scores, while Christina Boag (12 points, eight rebounds and three assists) also impressed. For the Tigers, Alex Sharp shot 24 points and picked up 14 rebounds and four assists, as Samantha Lubcke (16 points, eight rebounds and two assists) and Hayley Winter (15 points, four rebounds and three assists) also shared the load.

Perth Redbacks (70) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (74)

Making their long-awaited return into the season after byes and lockdowns, Perry Lakes Hawks got off to the perfect start with a four-point victory over Perth Redbacks. The Hawks did most of their work in the first half, racing out to a seven-point lead at half-time, with the teams fairly evenly matched in the second half, and the Redbacks cutting the final deficit back by three for a 74-70 result. Madeleine Dennis scored 22 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in a starring role, teaming up well with Megan McKay (21 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists), while Natalie Burton had the eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Makailah Dyer finished with 23 points, six assists and three steals for the losers, while Jessica Jakens had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Raya Thompson the 12 points, three steals and two rebounds.

Joondalup Wolves (78) def. Eastern Suns (65)

Joondalup Wolves made it two wins on the trot in the NBL1 West, handing the Eastern Suns a defeat in the Suns’ first game for the season. The Wolves started strongly to lead by four points at quarter time, only for the visitors to turn it on in the second and race out to a commanding seven-point advantage. The Suns came out after half-time with renewed vigour to dominate the second half 48-28 and run out 13-point winners, 78-65. Kayla Steindl had a team-high 24 points and 14 rebounds, as well as two assists and two steals, whilst Neseya Parker-Williams (12 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Amber Land (11 points, nine rebounds and two assists) were also among the best for the Wolves. Jewell Williams was a shooting machine for the Suns, dropping seven of 11 triples on the opposition, for 32 points, four rebounds and two assists while Courtney Mansfield was impactful across the court with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in the loss.

South West Slammers (39) def. by Rockingham Flames (80)

Rockingham Flames made it a good weekend of NBL1 action and compacted more pain onto the struggling South West Slammers with a dominant 41-point victory. The Flames kept the Slammers to single-digit points in the last three quarters, and whilst they only scored 10 themselves in the final term, had secured the win and enable heavy rotations in the process during the 80-39 win. Burrows dropped 28 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steaks in the win, with Boag (15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists) and Alexandra Ciabattoni (14 points four rebounds, five assists and two steals) also outstanding. Black had another impressive outing in tough circumstances for the Slammers, putting up 11 points and six rebounds, while Karinda Farrant had 10 points, three rebounds and three steals.

MEN’S:

Joondalup Wolves (84) def. Eastern Suns (61)

Coming from three points down at half-time, the Joondalup Wolves finished on a wave of momentum to easily account for Eastern Suns in the Suns’ first match of the season. The Wolves won by 23 points, courtesy of a 50-24 second half which saw them take complete control and win 84-61. Lochlan Cummings scored 20 points – including four of nine from long-range – three assists and two rebounds in the win, while Jonathan Wade (18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Sioeli Vaiangina (13 points, 10 rebounds) both picked up double-doubles. Chauatwech Reath had a team-high 14 points, while Chris Johnson (11 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Bang Majok (11 points, three rebounds) also hit double-figure points.

Perth Redbacks (51) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (96)

Perry Lakes Hawks doubled their win tally with a comprehensive 45-point smashing of Perth Redbacks, handing the Redbacks their second consecutive loss to open the season. The Hawks won every quarter, including three of them by at least 12 points or move, to run out 96-51 victors in the end. Mitchell Clarke knocked down 22 points with three rebounds, while Ben Purser (14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists) and Robert Cassir (nine points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also lively. Lewis Thomas had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Andrew Ferguson made it a really consistent five with nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. For the Redbacks, Louis Timms (15 points, six rebounds and two steals) and Joel Wagner (12 points, four rebounds and two assists) were both hard workers in defeat, while Lachlan Bertram (seven points, eight rebounds) got involved off the boards.

Mandurah Magic (88) def. Cockburn Cougars (81)

Mandurah Magic bounced back from a loss in their previous game to move to a 2-1 record and hand Cockburn Cougars their second consecutive loss in a tight seven-point encounter. Mandurah trailed by five points at quarter time and four points at half-time, but then piled on 28-19 in the third term to set up a memorable 88-81 win. Jerami Grace had a night out for the Magic with 33 points – six of nine from three-point range – six rebounds and four steals, while Xavier Garnett-Shaw had 15 point, six rebounds and two assist, and both Ben Smith (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Brian Carlwell (15 points, five rebounds) were prominent in the win. Jaarod Holmes (23 points, five rebounds and three steals) was the best for the Cougars, while Gavin Field (15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Nic Pozoglou (15 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists) were also impressive in defeat.

Goldfields Giants (103) def. Geraldton Buccaneers (69)

In a battle of two Round 1 losers, Goldfield Giants got on the board with a comfortable 34-point win over Geraldton Buccaneers at home. The Giants won every quarter, and did their best work in the opening half, smashing their opponents in the second term in particular with a 35-13 quarter, eventually leading to an easy 103-69 victory. Deng Kuany (28 points, six rebounds and two steals) and Julian Pesava (25 points, seven rebounds and four assists) did the bulk of the damage for the Giants, while Jerome Reid chipped in with 19 points – five of eight from long-range – and three rebounds. Taine Wattie stood up for the Buccaneers with 19 points – five of eight from three-point range – and two assists, while Mathiang Muo (12 points, 13 rebounds and three assists) collected a double-double and Tomas Dobson (13 points, three rebounds and two assists) also hit double-figure points.

Warwick Senators (96) def. South West Slammers (60)

Warwick Senators turned up the heat on the South West Slammers, running away with a 36-point win. The home team won every quarter in the match, and two of the terms by 11 points, on their way to a 96-60 triumph. Caleb Davis helped himself to 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in the win, whilst Justin King (18 points, four rebounds and two assists) and Cody Ellis (15 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks) were also impressive for the Senators. Ngor Nai (15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks) and Cody Hill (14 points, five rebounds and four assists) both did the majority of the scoring for the Slammers, in what was another big loss.

Lakeside Lightning (121) def. East Perth Eagles (60)

Speaking of big wins, Lakeside Lightning showed no mercy against East Perth Eagles to get on the board in season 2021, smashing the Eagles by 61 points. In front of home fans on Saturday night, the Lightning piled on 99 points in the first three quarters as the Eagles only managed the 44 in that time. The final term was a little closer, but the 121-60 result was a huge percentage booster for the Lightning. Corey Shervill (29 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Jack Isenbarger (29 points, three assists and two rebounds) combined for 15 of 20 from three-point range in a long-range shooting spectacular. Kyle Armour (19 points, eight assists) was a key playmaker for the Lightning, while Jarrad Prue only had the two points, but racked up 17 rebounds – eight offensive – along with three assists and two blocks on the night. Matt Vinci (nine points, three rebounds) and Isaac Offereins (nine points, four rebounds) were the equal top scorers for the losers.

Rockingham Flames (65) def. Willetton Tigers (83)

Willetton Tigers survived a mini fightback by Rockingham Flames to secure an 18-point win on the road in a battle of two undefeated 2-0 sides. The Tigers raced out to a 50-27 lead at half-time, though the Flames cut the deficit to six by the next change, only for Willetton to stand up under pressure and win the final term 14-12 and secure the 83-65 victory. Damien Scott (25 points, five steals, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks) did a bit of everything on court, while Michael Vigor picked up a double-double through 24 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Black (11 points, six rebounds and three assists) was also prominent for the Tigers. Brendan Redhead (17 points, three rebounds) was the chief scorer for the Tigers, as Cirkook Makuac Riak (12 points, nine rebounds and two assists) and Travis Dumin (11 points, nine rebounds) also had a say off the boards in the game.

South West Slammers (52) def. by Rockingham Flames (91)

Coming off a defeat the night before, Rockingham Flames set the Eaton Rec Centre alight with a dominant 91-52 victory on the road against South West Slammers. The home team was no match for the red-hot Flames, as Rockingham won every quarter, including a 46-21 second half to run away with the 39-point win and sentence the Slammers to their fifth straight loss. Makuac Riak had 20 points, 11 rebounds and two assists, while Dumin (17 points, eight rebounds) and Callum Beard (11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also prominent. Hill (18 points, two rebounds) and Rhys Barrett (10 points, two rebounds and two assists) hit double-figure points, as Mitchell Keller proved a menace off the boards with 13 rebounds to go with six points and two assists for the Slammers.

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