Redback men lose by one
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.