Light­ning fails to strike in SBL

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

THE Perth Red­backs Men’s and Women’s State Bas­ket­ball League teams had im­pres­sive away-game wins against Lake­side Light­ning.

The Red­backs’ women dom­i­nated Light­ning, who played in last year's grand fi­nal, 68 to 36 to record their first win of the year.

Guard Gabby Clay­ton top­scored for the Red­backs with 15 along with five steals, six re­bounds and two as­sists, while Lau­ren Hall scored 14 and had 11 re­bounds.

The Red­backs’ women’s team has one win and one loss and is in sev­enth-place in the 12-team com­pe­ti­tion.

The Red­backs’ men came back strongly af­ter be­ing 17 points down in the sec­ond half to record a fight­ing 107-104 win against Light­ning.

New Red­backs’ im­port player Mar­shall Brown scored a mas­sive 48 along with seven re­bounds, two steals and two as­sists while fel­low im­port player Ray Turner put in 24 and had 14 re­bounds.

The men’s team was not able to con­tinue this mo­men­tum in their sec­ond game of the week­end against Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers at Curtin Uni­ver­sity, go­ing down 73 to 90.

Shoot­ing guard Ben Smith top-scored for the Red­backs with 21 while point guard Joel Wag­ner scored 10 along with four as­sist and two steals.

The split-re­sult has Red­backs’ men in 11th place in the 14-team com­pe­ti­tion with one win and two losses.

On Fri­day the Red­backs play an away game against the Rock­ing­ham Flames at the Mike Bar­nett Sta­dium, with the women start­ing at 6.30pm and the men at 8.30pm.

This is fol­lowed by a home game on Sun­day against Man­durah Magic at the Curtin Uni­ver­sity Sta­dium with the women tip­ping off at mid­day and the men at 2pm.

Red­back Den­nis Tawhiti be­neath Buc­ca­neers Aaron Ralph and Carter Cook.

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