Solid weekend for Redbacks
THE PERTH Redbacks men and women came close to making a clean sweep of games last weekend against the Stirling Senators and Mandurah Magic.
The women tipped off first against the Stirling Senators on Friday night.
Both sides were stuck at 86 points at the end of regulation but Ash Gilmore stepped up with the match-winning free throw in the last seconds of overtime. Perth came out on top with 94-93.
Ajay Jones finished with 30 points, four assists and four steals, while Rebecca Benson contributed 24 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Jess Hughes provided 14 points off the bench and Gilmore finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals.
The men followed suit later on Friday night and avenged their loss to Stirling earlier this season with a 115-86 win.
The score remained close until quarter-time, but Perth dominated from then on.
Michael Vigor finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Lewis Thomas scored 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Captain Joel Wagner nabbed 13 points and 10 assists and import duo Reed McConnell (14 points) and Jourdan DeMynck (13 points and eight rebounds) were solid contributors.
On Saturday night both sides headed south to play against the Mandurah Magic for the first time in 2016.
The women let Mandurah get an early jump, and despite closing the margin towards the fourth quarter, the home side finished with a 79-70 win.
But the men claimed a big victory, 124-103.
Round 10 of the SBL action will continue this weekend.
Perth Redbacks women are fifth on the ladder and the men are ninth.
Both teams play the Perry Lakes Hawks this Saturday at the Bendat Basketball Centre.
Redbacks player Ajay Jones scored over 50 points at the two weekend games.