Tigers toy with Suns’ play­offs

Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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