Big rebound from both Suns sides

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - SPORT -

THE Kala­munda East­ern Suns had an Easter Thurs­day to re­mem­ber in the State Bas­ket­ball League with home vic­to­ries, as they look to keep that mo­men­tum go­ing in round 4 of the 2018 sea­son.

Both Suns men’s and women’s teams were com­ing off tough losses the pre­vi­ous week­end to the Joon­dalup Wolves and Perth Red­backs, but re­sponded well on Thurs­day night at Ray Owen Sports Cen­tre.

The women’s con­test be­gan pro­ceed­ings, with Kala­munda record­ing an im­pres­sive 93-65 vic­tory against the East Perth Ea­gles.

It was the sec­ond win of the sea­son for the Suns, hav­ing beaten the South West Slam­mers in the open­ing round, and it was on the back of the re­turn of ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre Jen­nie Rin­tala.

She de­liv­ered 25 points, 16 re­bounds, five as­sists, three steals and two blocked shots in her first game in 2018, hav­ing re­turned from play­ing in Ger­many.

She had plenty of sup­port too, with Ale­cia Knowles scor­ing 12 points, Jor­jah Smith 12, Han­nah King 11, Jewel Wil­liams 11 and Alex Ci­a­bat­toni 11 to go with eight re­bounds, seven re­bounds, seven steals and two blocks.

Then in the men’s con­test, Kala­munda de­liv­ered an im­pres­sive per­for­mance too, beat­ing East Perth 114-105.

Big man Kevin Davis was the star against his team from last sea­son, putting up 30 points and 12 re­bounds. Lo­gan Viskovich added 22 points, Ker­rod Horn 15, Ryan Blanchett 13 and Jono Diaz 10.

Round 4 of the SBL be­gins on Fri­day night, with Kala­munda hit­ting the road again to face the Lake­side Light­ning at Lake­side Recreation Cen­tre. The Light­ning women are un­beaten so far in 2018, while the men are 1-2.

Kevin Davis slam dunks for the East­ern Suns.

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