Suns shine in all-stars games

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE -

IT was quite the event­ful night at Ray Owen Sports Cen­tre for the Kala­munda East­ern Suns on Satur­day lead­ing into the State Bas­ket­ball League All-Star Games on Mon­day.

The East­ern Suns hosted the Perth Red­backs and pro­ceed­ings be­gan with a bat­tle over fourth po­si­tion in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

It went right down to the wire, with the Red­backs win­ning 92-89 de­spite 27 points, 10 re­bounds and four as­sists from Alex Ci­a­bat­toni for Kala­munda. Jessie Ed­wards had 22 points and four as­sists in her first ap­pear­ance for the Suns.

Kala­munda’s men de­liv­ered an im­pres­sive per­for­mance too against the de­fend­ing cham­pion Red­backs, high­light­ing their play­off cre­den­tials with the 109-103 vic­tory.

Big man Louis Timms pro­duced his best game of the sea­son for Kala­munda with 23 points and seven re­bounds. Court­ney Bel­ger added 21 points, five re­bounds and five as­sists, Ryan Blanchett 18 points, Kevin Davis 17 points and 10 re­bounds, and Carl Aylett 12 points.

That led into the SBL All-Star Games, with Kala­munda well rep­re­sented at Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre.

The East­ern Suns play­ers were part of the North team. It was South, coached by for­mer Kala­munda coach Craig Mansfield, who won the women’s bat­tle 103-76.

From the Suns, Jen­nie Rin­tala had six points and five re­bounds, Ci­a­bat­toni 10 points and seven boards, and Jewel Wil­liams five points.

The Kala­munda play­ers were then part of a win­ning North team in the men’s clash, who beat the South team 123-110.

Davis had 12 points and 10 re­bounds and Bel­ger 17 points, five steals and four re­bounds.

Pic­ture: Belinda Pike

Court­ney Bel­ger leaps to the bas­ket.

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