Flames can’t Bucc trend
TURNOVERS and inaccurate shooting cost Rockingham Flames, easily defeated 99-63 by Geraldton Buccaneers at Mike Barnett Sports Complex on Saturday.
The Flames kept pace with the Buccs early on before Geraldton pulled away thanks to an 8-0 scoring run with about two minutes remaining in the first quarter to lead 2414, from where it was never caught.
The Buccs asserted their dominance in the second quarter, forcing the Flames to cough up possession a number of times and making them pay with superior accuracy, with Gokul Natesan especially effective as the Buccs added 33 points to lead 57-30 at the main break.
Star Flames recruit and former Wildcats vicecaptain Greg Hire had a game to forget and appeared hampered by injury as he limped through most of the second and third quarters.
The Flames played better on defence in the second half, restricting the Buccs to just 42 secondhalf points, but continued to struggle on offence themselves.
Griffin hit 14 points for the Flames, with Justin Beard (11) and import Curtis Washington (10) the only other Flames in double figures.
Washington was dominant on the glass, pulling down 10 rebounds, including three offensive boards.
On Friday night, the Flames weren’t good enough for Willetton, going down 94-103 despite 23 points and 19 rebounds from Hire and 20 points from Joshua Ritchart. The Flames women had a better showing, with an easy 91-53 win over their Willetton counterparts. D’lesha Lloyd was the standout with 22 points.
The Flames take on Kalamunda Eastern Suns at Mike Barnett Sports Complex on Friday, with tip off for the women at 6.30pm and the men at 8.30pm. Stuart Horton
Curtis Washington sinks a free throw in the Flames’ 99-63 loss to Geraldton.