Ten out of ten as Wolves storm home

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport -

NOT even a 19-point deficit head­ing into the last term was enough to stop the Joon­dalup Wolves claim­ing their 10th straight State Bas­ket­ball League vic­tory.

There ap­pears to be no stop­ping the side as it heads into an away clash against the 10th­placed Cock­burn Cougars for its 11th-straight win tomorrow night.

It’s an omi­nous task for the hosts with Joon­dalup’s only loss of the sea­son com­ing nearly two months ago.

The Wolves’ win­ning streak ap­peared to be lost at the end of the third pe­riod at HBF Arena last Satur­day night when they were 80-61 down against crosstown rivals the Stir­ling Se­na­tors in the Bat­tle of Joon­dalup.

What’s more, Joon­dalup was with­out its two best shoot­ers Trian Iliadis (work com­mit­ments) and Brian Sul­li­van (brother’s wedding).

But the hosts landed 36 points to 12 in the final term to storm home to a fa­mous five­point win 97-92.

Im­port Jalen Billups led the way with 33 points, while guard Ben Iron­mon­ger put in a stand­out per­for­mance in the ab­sence of Iliadis and Sul­li­van with 12 points, eight as­sists and five re­bounds.

The Lady Wolf­pack came frus­trat­ingly close to snap­ping its six-game los­ing streak but fell by two points 56-54 to the sev­enth-placed Se­na­tors.

Kourt­ney Zad­ina led the scor­ing with 13 points, while El­lyce Iron­mon­ger took nine re­bounds.

The Wolves’ seven-game win­less run has them sec­ond­last on the ta­ble head­ing into the clash against the ninth­placed Cougars.

Pic­ture: Michael Far­nell

Ben Iron­mon­ger heads to the bas­ket in Joon­dalup’s come­from-be­hind vic­tory.

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