Men back to winning ways
THE Perth Redbacks had mixed results when the men’s and women’s teams took on Lakeside Lightning as part of a double-header at Belmont Oasis on Saturday.
The Women’s SBL action got underway with the Lightning continuing their impressive form, beating the Redbacks by 13 points.
The Lightning have now won five straight games to be looking good in third spot at 10-4 while the Redbacks have hit a rough patch, having lost four on the trot to slip to a 6-7 record.
Lakeside made a fast start with 28 points to 17 in the first quarter and were never really headed from there.
Ali Schwagmeyer once again led the way for the Lightning with 28 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while shooting efficiently at 12-of-22 from the field and 2-of-4 from deep.
Sydnee Fipps also had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Lakeside, with Sam Roscoe finishing with seven points and nine boards.
Rebecca Benson ended up with 16 points and three assists for the Redbacks despite not hitting a triple. She ended up shooting 7-of-20. Jess Jakens added 12 points for Perth, while Emilee Harmon finished with nine points and six rebounds, Gabby Clayton nine points and Lisa Wallbutton eight points and 17 boards.
In the Men’s SBL, the Redbacks were coming off losses to Willetton and Kalamunda heading into the clash with Lakeside.
Perth responded well, coming away with the 22-point win to consolidate fourth position at 10-6, while Lakeside slipped to 7-9 with the loss.
Marshall Nelson delivered 26 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Redbacks while shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from downtown.
Lee Roberts finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for Perth with Michael Vigor adding 14 points and eight boards, Shawn Redhage 17 points and 10 rebounds, Ben Smith 11 points, Kyle Bowen eight points and Joel Wagner 10 assists.
James Padgett finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and three steals for Lakeside while Corey Shervill contributed 18 points and five boards.