Redbacks women slide, men close on third
THE Perth Redbacks Women’s SBL team continued their slide, while the men’s side picked up a win during a double header away to Mandurah on Saturday.
The Magic won a ninth straight game to improve to 17-1 and remain clear on top of the Women’s SBL standings with another thumping 29-point win over the Redbacks at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.
It was the Redbacks’ sixth consecutive loss and it came after the Magic broke the game open in the second quarter with 24 points to 14 and then went on with it in the second half with 44 points to 29 to end up winning by 29.
Nici Gilday was again terrific for the Magic, leading the way in the back court with 29 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Carly Boag added 22 points, 13 rebounds, eight steals and five assists in another tremendous allround performance, with Casey Mihovilovich finishing with 16 points and six steals, Rachel Halleen 11 points and Bree Klasztorny six to go with six rebounds.
The Redbacks’ struggles continued despite 15 points and five rebounds from Rebecca Benson, 14 points from Jess Jakens, 10 points from Bianca Donovan and 10 points from Emilee Harmon.
In the Men’s SBL, the Redbacks came away with a solid 21point win against the Magic.
The win improves Perth to a 12-6 record on the season to now be closing in on third position, with the Joondalup City Wolves having lost a couple of games.
The Redbacks were again without Shawn Redhage but a whole host of other players again stood up, with Ben Smith topscoring with 18 points while hitting all three of his efforts from long range.
Lee Roberts added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Redbacks while Marshall Nelson contributed 13 points and five assists, Zac Gattorna 13 points and Michael Vigor 12 points and seven rebounds.