Wolves fall back to pack after losses

Wanneroo Weekender - - Sport -

THE Joon­dalup Wolves are com­ing off back-to-back losses for the first time this sea­son as they look to get back on the win­ner’s list against South West away in the State Bas­ket­ball League on Satur­day.

Joon­dalup will be frus­trated to have come away from a dou­ble-header against their two near­est ri­vals last week­end with­out vic­tory, los­ing to Perth (third) 99-66 on Fri­day be­fore suc­cumb­ing to Ger­ald­ton (sec­ond) 88-80 the fol­low­ing night.

The Wolves have lost to the Buc­ca­neers both times they have faced them this sea­son, which will give the re­gional side con­fi­dence should they meet in the fi­nals.

They do not play each other again in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

On Fri­day, a spread of scor­ers from the Red­backs helped the hosts de­feat Joon­dalup at Bel­mont Oa­sis.

Perth had six play­ers hit dou­ble fig­ures, while the vis­i­tors had just three.

Much like the sides’ grand fi­nal clash last year, Perth big man Lee Roberts caused headaches for the Wolves with 17 points, 10 re­bounds and six as­sists.

Joon­dalup’s Jalen Billups scored 17 points to equal scoring with Trian Iliadis and took nine re­bounds, equal with Reece Maxwell.

On Satur­day, the Wolves were down by three points at three-quar­ter time and could not peg back Ger­ald­ton, which in­flicted Joon­dalup’s first de­feat on its home court.

Rob Hunt­ing­ton led scoring for Joon­dalup with 21 points, while Billups had 10 re­bounds.

The Lady Wolf­pack is still search­ing for a win after a near-two month drought, go­ing down to Perth 86-60 in a ninth straight loss.

Amy Kid­ner led scoring for a sec­ond week with 18 points.

Pic­ture: Michael Far­nell

Reece Maxwell had nine re­bounds against Perth.

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