Flames keep season in play
GUTSY OVERTIME WIN OVER SUNS AT HOME
THE Rockingham Flames men kept their play-off hopes alive in the State Basketball League, beating the Kalamunda Eastern Suns in overtime last Friday night.
It was a good night for the Flames women and men at Mike Barnett Sports Complex in their final home games of the 2017 SBL season.
The night began with the Rockingham women scoring their sixth win of the season in a 58-57 thriller against the Eastern Suns.
Chastity Reed was the star for the Flames with 29 points and seven rebounds, while Dena English contributed nine points and five boards, and Tarsha Fletcher seven points, five rebounds and three assists.
That concludes the season for the Rockingham women with a 6-16 record, with the bye to come in the last round.
The Rockingham men then hit the floor, needing to win to remain a chance of taking part in the 2017 play-offs, even with Dexter Kernich-Drew ruled out with a broken jaw suffered the previous Friday night in the loss to the Perry Lakes Hawks.
It was a thrilling contest with the Flames and Suns not able to be separated in regulation.
The game went to overtime and it was there that Rockingham pulled away for the crucial 94-87 victory.
There were plenty of big performers for Rockingham, but none more so than Justin Beard who hit a big shot to force overtime and then seal the win.
He finished with 21 points and six rebounds.
Donovan Jack added 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, while Vinny Zollo had 19 points and 12 boards, and Ryan Godfrey 14 points and nine assists.
The Flames’ season now concludes this Saturday night in Kalgoorlie with them needing to win, and then hoping the Perry Lakes Hawks lose in Geraldton in order to grab eighth position and reach the playoffs for 2017. Chris Pike
Justin Beard hit a big shot to force overtime, and then seal the win.