Wolves bare teeth

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

The Joon­dalup Wolves hold down sec­ond spot ahead of an­other ap­pear­ance in the SBL fi­nals.

THE Joon­dalup Wolves can­not move from sec­ond spot as they head into their fi­nal game of the State Bas­ket­ball League reg­u­lar sea­son against Man­durah.

The Wolves will have home-court ad­van­tage against Wil­let­ton or Rock­ing­ham in the first week of fi­nals.

The side wel­comed back for­mer cap­tain and now Rock­ing­ham player Greg Hire to Wolves ter­ri­tory with a 102-89 win over the Flames at HBF Arena on Satur­day night.

Hire was play­ing his first game in the north since de­fect­ing to Rock­ing­ham and while there were pre­dic­tions that fans would give him a rau­cous re­cep­tion, the row­di­ness was some­what sub­dued.

Hire did, how­ever, cause a stir af­ter he knocked Joon­dalup’s Rob Hunt­ing­ton to the ground in the sec­ond half when the Wolves big man had set a mid-court screen.

It was seem­ingly noth­ing more than gen­eral game con­tact, but it was enough to add a lit­tle ex­tra spite to the crowd’s jeers when­ever Hire was at the free throw line from then on.

The Wild­cats vice-cap­tain came close to a triple­dou­ble with 20 points, 15 re­bounds and seven as­sists.

The Wolves’ Brian Sul­li­van was the best player in the game, scor­ing cru­cial three point­ers when needed and driv­ing through the key for silky lay-ups on his way to 30 points and six re­bounds.

Jalen Billups had 32 points while Hunt­ing­ton (eight re­bounds, 15 points) and Trian Iliadis (six as­sists, 11 points) were also strong con­trib­u­tors.

The Joon­dalup women were un­able to farewell their home court with a win for 2018, los­ing to Rock­ing­ham 87-75.

The young Wolves side is sec­ond last head­ing into the fi­nal round and can­not make the play-offs.

Pic­ture: James O’Dono­hue

Rob Hunt­ing­ton shoots de­spite the de­fen­sive ef­fort by for­mer Wolves skip­per Greg Hire.

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