Los­ing start to fi­nals

REDBACKS MEN, WOMEN BEATEN

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Sport -

THE Perth Redbacks had a tough start to the fi­nals, with both the men’s and women’s teams los­ing game 1 of their re­spec­tive se­ries.

In the Men’s SBL, the bat­tle of fourth against fifth be­tween the Redbacks and South West Slam­mers al­ways shaped as be­ing the most ex­cit­ing of the quar­ter-fi­nal con­tests and that was cer­tainly the case with game 1 at Belmont Oa­sis on Sat­ur­day night.

It was a game of mo­men­tum and both teams had their chances to go on runs dur­ing the first half.

The Redbacks scored the game’s first four points and led by as much as seven dur­ing the first quar­ter but the vis­i­tors led 46-43 at the break.

The Redbacks turned things around in the third quar­ter and were on fire af­ter the break with the open­ing 11 points.

They ended up lead­ing by as much as 13 points and still by 10 head­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

All sea­son long the Slam­mers have shown they are never out of games and that they are ca­pa­ble of stun­ning fight­backs.

Game 2 will now take place at Eaton Recre­ation Cen­tre on Sat­ur­day night and if the Redbacks win, game 3 back at Belmont Oa­sis on Sun­day.

In the Women’s SBL, the sec­ond-placed Magic hosted the Redbacks in Man­durah and claimed a seven-point win.

The Redbacks scored first but Man­durah then piled on the next 13 points to lead 13-2 af­ter four min­utes.

The Magic re­mained in con­trol, lead­ing 22-7 by quar­ter-time and 40-20 by half­time. The game was ef­fec­tively over as a con­test but the Redbacks showed good fight­ing spirit in the sec­ond half to outscore the Magic 39-26.

They did get back to as close as five points in the fourth quar­ter but could not quite break that bar­rier.

The Magic will be happy with the dom­i­nant start but not so much the sec­ond half that gives the Redbacks some heart head­ing into game 2 on Sat­ur­day night at Belmont Oa­sis.

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