Flames keep sea­son in play


Weekend Courier - - Sport -

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.

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