Flames put out at Bel­mont Oa­sis


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THE Perth Redbacks en­joyed a stel­lar Fri­day night, with the men’s and women’s teams de­feat­ing their Rock­ing­ham Flames coun­ter­parts at Bel­mont Oa­sis.

The Redbacks women’s team made a strong start and by quar­ter-time had opened a nine-point ad­van­tage, but the Flames, de­spite miss­ing Jac­inta Bourne and Chelsea Arm­strong, con­tin­ued to fight hard on the back of a mon­ster ef­fort from new im­port Chastity Reed.

Rock­ing­ham got back within five points by half-time and the game was all tied up by three­quar­ter-time.

But down the stretch, the Flames just ran out of legs and with Dena English cramp­ing up af­ter hav­ing to pick up the slack from the ab­sence of Bourne and Arm­strong, the Redbacks hit some big shots when it mat­tered to come away with the 11-point win.

Re­becca Ben­son ended up top­scor­ing for the Redbacks with 20 points to go with three re­bounds and three as­sists.

Gabby Clay­ton added 19 points and five as­sists while hitting 7-of11 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point ter­ri­tory.

Emilee Har­mon con­trib­uted 18 points and six re­bounds, with Ajay John­son ad­ding 11 points, six boards and five as­sists, Danielle Lip­scombe seven points, six re­bounds and four as­sists, and Lisa Wall­but­ton six points, eight boards and three as­sists.

In the men’s game, the Flames had a big job ahead of them to at­tempt to stop their four-game los­ing slide up against a Redbacks team that con­tin­ues to win de­spite still miss­ing a host of key play­ers and with teenagers fill­ing im­por­tant roles.

With Michael Vigor back for Perth fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of his Bri­tish Bas­ket­ball League sea­son, the home team opened an eight-point lead by quar­ter-time.

But if the Flames have one trait, it is their abil­ity to fight and com­pete, and they did that strongly in the se­cond quar­ter to trail by just three at the main break.

How­ever, the Redbacks had an­other level to go to in the se­cond half and with a host of play­ers stepping up, young and old alike, cruised to the 17-point vic­tory to im­prove to 8-2 on the sea­son and hand Rock­ing­ham a fifth con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

De­spite Vigor re­stricted to 18 min­utes and seven points and five re­bounds be­cause of foul trou­ble, Shawn Red­hage led the way for the Redbacks with 33 points and 11 re­bounds.

Ben Smith added 23 points, three re­bounds and three as­sists on 9-of-15 shoot­ing from the field de­spite go­ing 2-of-7 from deep. Joel Wag­ner also had two points, six re­bounds, five as­sists and four steals.

But just as im­pres­sive were the Redbacks young­sters, with Ri­ley Chap­pell mov­ing into the start­ing line-up fol­low­ing Jay­den Stone's de­par­ture for col­lege.

He fin­ished with nine points and three re­bounds.

Kyle Bowen had 10 points and eight re­bounds.

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