Tigers toy with Suns’ playoffs
THE Willetton Tigers delivered the Kalamunda Eastern Suns a double blow in the State Basketball League action at Ray Owen Sports Centre last Friday night.
It was the last game of the regular season at home for the Eastern Suns for 2018 in the second-last round but it proved costly against the Tigers for both the women’s and men’s teams.
The Suns women had a chance to secure fourth position and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs but it was not to be, with the Tigers coming away with the 87-76 victory.
Jewel Williams topscored for the Suns with 20 points while hitting 3/5 from three-point territory.
Jennie Rintala also had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Alex Ciabattoni 14 points, 14 boards and six assists, and Rebecca Motroni eight points and five rebounds in her 150th appearance.
The result means that the Eastern Suns look set to stay in fifth position with a 13-8 record heading into this Saturday night’s clash on the road to the South West Slammers at Eaton Recreation Centre.
That means that Kalamunda will face Willetton in the quarter-finals, with Games 1 and 3 at Willetton Basketball Stadium, and Game 2 at Ray Owen Sports Centre.
The Eastern Suns men then had an opportunity to stay in the playoff race but it was not to be for them either, with Willetton securing its own playoff appearance with the 104-96 win.
Kevin Davis battled hard inside all night for the Suns, finishing with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
Courtney Belger had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists, Louis Timms 14 points and five boards, Ryan Blanchett 14 points and nine rebounds, and the exciting Carl Aylett seven points and three assists.