Flames unable to find a spark
UNHAPPY NIGHT FOR ROCKINGHAM SIDES
IT wasn’t the Friday night the Rockingham Flames’ women’s and men’s teams were after at Mike Barnett Sports Complex with both losing at the hands of the Perry Lakes Hawks.
It was always going to be a big ask for the Flames women taking on the league-leading Hawks who have lost just once all year to date.
Perry Lakes came to Rockingham and claimed the 70-47 victory on Friday despite missing four first-choice players including New Zealand international and Perth Lynx star Toni Farnworth.
The Flames scored just five firstquarter points and were never in the contest despite 22 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots from import Chastity Reed.
Ariana Hetherington added seven points, six rebounds and three steals for Rockingham, Dena English six points and four boards, and Jesni Cooper six points, three rebounds and two steals.
The men’s contest then had plenty on the line with the Flames and Hawks locked in a battle over eighth position.
It was Perry Lakes who proved too strong, claiming the hard fought 88-73 victory.
It was a tough night for the Flames with it best summed up by Perth Wildcats championship winner Dexter Kernich-Drew.
He competed hard but it just wasn’t his night missing his first nine shots before putting one in when completing an alley-oop.
Kernich-Drew scored 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals but shot just 3-of-16 from the field, 1-of-8 from deep and 12-of-15 at the foul line.
He then ended up with a busted mouth after an elbow when trying to defend a pass from Rob Cassir in the dying seconds.
He has subsequently been diagnosed with a fractured jaw, ruling him out for the rest of the season in a cruel blow to Rockingham’s play-off hopes.
The Flames will host their final home game this Friday night against the Kalamunda Eastern Suns with the men’s team needing to win to stay in the play-off race. Chris Pike