Red­backs back in the hunt

TOP FOUR PO­TEN­TIAL FROM IM­PROVED MEN’S OUT­FIT

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

THE Perth Red­backs knocked off the league-lead­ing Wil­let­ton Tigers to re­turn to some omi­nous form at the right time in the Men’s SBL.

Perth wel­comed Shawn Red­hage and Michael Vigor back into the side for the clash at Wil­let­ton Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium and came away with a 73-82 win.

Perth had slipped to a 12-10 record and down to sev­enth po­si­tion com­ing into the round, hav­ing lost its past four games and six of the past nine.

But it was a dif­fer­ent-look­ing Red­backs out­fit on Fri­day night than the one that lost to the Stir­ling Sen­a­tors the pre­vi­ous Sun­day.

They came out on a mis­sion and it wasn’t all just down to the re­turns to the line-up of Red­hage and Vigor.

In the end, Red­hage had just three points and nine re­bounds on 1-of-11 shoot­ing and Vigor 11 points, seven boards, four blocked shots and three as­sists.

But they did make their team­mates walk taller and it was the type of per­for­mance for the Red­backs that puts them back in the top four hunt and shows that they re­main in the ti­tle race.

The night be­gan with the Red­backs Women’s SBL side los­ing to the Tigers 71-67.

Emilee Har­mon ended up top­scor­ing for the Red­backs with 14 points, five re­bounds and three steals, with Lisa Wall­but­ton con­tribut­ing 10 points and nine boards, Bianca Dono­van 10 points, Re­becca Ben­son nine points, Jess Jak­ens nine points and Ajay John­son eight points and nine re­bounds.

The Men’s SBL side con­tin­ued its win­ning form when it beat the Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers by six points at Bel­mont Oa­sis on Satur­day night.

Lee Roberts once again de­liv­ered a stand­out per­for­mance for the Red­backs with 29 points, seven re­bounds, four as­sists and two steals on shoot­ing 9-of-15 from the floor, 2-of-3 from long range and a per­fect 9-of-9 at the stripe.

Red­hage added 21 points, 10 re­bounds and five as­sists for Perth with Ben Smith con­tribut­ing 14 points, four boards and four as­sists.

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