Red­backs take down Gi­ants

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - Chris Pike

THE Perth Red­backs hit the road on Satur­day and de­feated the Gold­fields Gi­ants 91-83.

In des­per­ate search of their sec­ond win of the sea­son, the Gi­ants stuck with the Red­backs for the first three quar­ters at Neils Hansen Basketball Sta­dium.

But com­ing off its first loss of 2017, Perth pulled away in the fourth quar­ter with 27 points to 18 to win by eight and im­prove to a 6-1 record on the sea­son.

Shawn Red­hage led the way for the Red­backs fin­ish­ing with 30 points, 14 re­bounds, six as­sists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Ben Smith might have shot just 6of-17 from the floor and 4-of-12 from downtown but had 22 points, five re­bounds, three as­sists and two steals for Perth.

Ge­ordie Mur­ray added 13 points off the bench while Joel Wag­ner con­trib­uted 10 points, eight re­bounds and seven as­sists.

Gold­fields cap­tain Ja­cob Hol­men top-scored with 27 points, 15 re­bounds and five as­sists with Miles Tier­ney con­tribut­ing 14 points, JB Pil­lard 11 (14 re­bounds, three as­sists, three steals, two blocks) and Luke Pike 10 (five boards).

The Red­back’s women’s and men’s sides take on Perry Lakes Hawks on Fri­day night at Bel­mont Oa­sis be­fore both sides play the Cock­burn Cougars away on Satur­day.

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