Ea­gles soar home for the win

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

THERE were no mad Mon­day cel­e­bra­tions for East Perth Ea­gles coach Adam Forde, who was back at work yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing his side’s win over Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers 99-83 last Satur­day.

Forde said he was re­lieved to bring home the win after the 2012 loss to Cock­burn.

“I didn’t over cel­e­brate the win much af­ter­wards ei­ther,” he said.

“I was that ex­hausted I went home and went to bed.”

The sev­enth placed East Perth Ea­gles won their first State Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship in only their sec­ond ap­pear­ance in a grand fi­nal, in front of a sell-out crowd at the WA Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre.

The side got off to a fast start stretch­ing their lead to 20 points in the first half with Joe Tu­paea and Tom Jervis lead­ing the charge, both reg­is­ter­ing dou­ble fig­ures in points and re­bounds.

After half time, the Buc­ca­neers came back fight­ing outscor­ing the Ea­gles 28 to 16, bring­ing them to within two points at the start of the fourth.

It was the clos­est the Buc­ca­neers got to the Ea­gles, who went on to score seven straight points and main­tain the lead, win­ning by 16 points.

Tom Jervis fin­ished with 22 points and 19 re­bounds, Kyle Ar­mour regis­tered 15 points, while Drew Wil­liamson’s cham­pi­onship win­ning ex­pe­ri­ence showed with 14 points.

Mathi­ang Muo and Nikola Don­lagic also shot well fin­ish­ing with 12 points each, while Joe Tu­paea won the Most Valu­able Player fin­ish­ing with 12 points, 12 re­bounds and seven as­sists.

Forde said he was happy for the team and par­tic­u­larly pleased for Tu­paea who won his first MVP.

“It was great to see Joey get the fi­nals MVP,” he said.

“He played his ab­so­lute heart out.”

Forde will now fo­cus on his role at the Perth Wild­cats who are vy­ing for a sev­enth NBL cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

The East Perth Ea­gles cel­e­brate their Grand Fi­nal vic­tory.

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