Flames can’t Bucc trend

Weekend Courier - - Sport -

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.

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