Solid week­end for Red­backs

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORKPLACE -

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.

Pic­ture: Clare Chappell

Red­backs player Ajay Jones scored over 50 points at the two week­end games.

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