Red­backs to wall in open­ers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Looklocal -

THE Perth Red­backs’ State Bas­ket­ball League men’s and women’s teams both lost their open­ing games of the year at the club’s new home venue of Curtin Uni­ver­sity Sta­dium.

The Red­backs’ women’s team failed to make the most of a nine-point half-time lead in even­tu­ally go­ing down to the Stir­ling Sen­a­tors 44-62.

Guard Meike Elk­ing­ton, who won the Len Vla­hov me­mo­rial medal for the best Red­backs player in the first home game of the year, was their top­scorer with 13 points, along with six re­bounds, three as­sists and three steals.

For­ward Alix Hay­ward was their next high­est scorer with nine, along with four re­bounds and three blocked shots, while guard Gabby Clay­ton had seven points and three as­sists.

The Red­backs’ men’s team held the Sen­a­tors down to 84 but suf­fered from a gen­eral lack of scor­ers and a poor field goal per­cent­age of just 30 in only scor­ing 72 points and los­ing by 12.

Power for­ward and United States im­port Ray Turner top-scored for the Red­backs with 32, along with a mas­sive 30 re­bounds to win the Len Vla­hov Me­mo­rial Award for the men’s team.

Red­backs point-guard and cap­tain Joel Wag­ner fought tire­lessly all night in ac­cu­mu­lat­ing six as­sists and five points, while for­ward Jamieson Lewis chipped in with six points from just seven min­utes on the court.

Both Red­backs teams hope to bounce back from their dis­ap­point­ing losses in this Fri­day’s away-game fix­ture against Lake­side Light­ning.

Pic­ture: Mar­garet Prior

Power for­ward Ray Turner fin­ishes off a mas­sive dunk.

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