Fri­day night lights out for Red­backs

TEAM’S WOMEN AND MEN LOSE IN QUAR­TERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THE sea­son ended for the Perth Red­backs men’s and women’s teams on Fri­day night af­ter both teams lost Game 2 of their quar­ter-fi­nal clashes.

The women’s team lost 5677 to the Rock­ing­ham Flames and the men’s team lost 78-103 to the Joon­dalup City Wolves, with both games at the Bel­mont Oa­sis Leisure Cen­tre.

In the men’s game, the Wolves played with­out Perth Wild­cats player Greg Hire but they had enough play­ers stand up in his ab­sence and they were on top of the Red­backs vir­tu­ally from the out­set.

The Wolves dom­i­nated the boards with 54 re­bounds to just 36 from the Red­backs while Joon­dalup forced Perth into 20 turnovers and scored 25 points from those.

The frus­tra­tions of know­ing their sea­son was over boiled over late in the game for the Red­backs as well, with Michael Vigor frus­trated at a tough call, lead­ing to him foul­ing out, while coach Nik Lack­ovic re­ceived a tech­ni­cal foul and Jour­dan DeMuynck grew a lit­tle frus­trated with some of the vis­it­ing Wolves fans.

DeMuynck never stopped try­ing for the Red­backs, fin­ish­ing with 26 points and 10 re­bounds.

Ben Smith fin­ished with 16 points, three re­bounds and two as­sists in his 200th SBL ap­pear­ance.

Joel Wagner ended up with 10 points, three re­bounds and three as­sists for Perth but big men Vigor (nine points, three as­sists) and Lewis Thomas (seven points, eight boards, three as­sists, two blocks) were not able to have the im­pact they hoped.

In the women’s game, Sami Whit­comb caught fire early for the de­fend­ing cham­pion Flames and nailed 18 firstquar­ter points and from there Rock­ing­ham was never se­ri­ously threat­ened by Perth.

De­spite Whit­comb’s dom­i­nance, the Flames only led by five points at quar­ter-time but that stretched by 16 by half­time and then 21 by the fi­nal buzzer as they ad­vanced to an­other semi-fi­nal se­ries, while the Red­backs’ greatly im­proved sea­son came to an end.

Jess Jak­ens bat­tled hard for the Red­backs in­side, end­ing the night with 17 points and eight re­bounds, with Re­becca Ben­son con­tribut­ing 17 points as well. Chris Pike

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