Red­back men lose by one

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

THE Perth Red­backs’ women’s and men’s teams both suf­fered losses at home to Willetton on Fri­day night.

In the first game of the dou­ble header at Bel­mont Oa­sis, the de­fend­ing cham­pion Tigers bounced back to the win­ners list, beat­ing the Red­backs by seven points in the Women’s SBL, 86-79.

Jess Hoot­mann de­liv­ered the best game of her SBL ca­reer to lead Willetton to the win, fin­ish­ing with 25 points and six re­bounds on the back of 11-of-15 shoot­ing from the field.

Stacey Barr also had an im­proved out­ing af­ter a tough week­end.

She fin­ished with 23 points, eight re­bounds and four as­sists, shoot­ing 5-of-12 from the floor, 3-of-7 from deep and a per­fect 10-of-10 at the stripe.

De­siree Kel­ley added 14 points for the Tigers, Zoe Harper 12 (10 re­bounds) and Kate Mal­pass eight (nine as­sists, five re­bounds, four steals).

Gabby Clay­ton top-scored for the Red­backs with 19 points, eight re­bounds and six re­bounds.

Emilee Har­mon con­trib­uted 18 points and nine boards for Perth, while Lisa Wall­but­ton fin­ished with 12 points (seven re­bounds) and De­nielle Lip­scombe 10.

In the Men’s SBL game, the Red­backs and Tigers played out an out­stand­ing con­test that seemed des­tined to al­ways go down to the fi­nal sec­ond.

The two teams couldn’t be sep­a­rated in reg­u­la­tion so it went into over­time and a field goal from 16-year-old Kyle Bowen and then a freethrow from vet­eran Ben Smith put Perth up 100-98 with time run­ning down.

Bowie was left iso­lated with the ball and the game on the line for the Tigers and he drilled the three-pointer for the dra­matic 101-100 vic­tory for Willetton to re­main clear on top of the ta­ble.

Damien Scott ended up top-scor­ing for the Tigers with 29 points, four as­sists and four re­bounds be­fore foul­ing out af­ter play­ing 34 min­utes.

Bowie not only hit the win­ning shot but had 26 points and 14 re­bounds for the night for Willetton, with Ray Turner adding 23 points and 15 boards against the team he won an MVP while play­ing with.

Lee Roberts played his first game of the sea­son for the Red­backs and spent 26 min­utes on the floor for 13 points, eight re­bounds and three steals.

Shawn Red­hage top­scored for Perth with 28 points, seven re­bounds and four as­sists.

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