Suns women on their win­ning way

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THE Kala­munda East­ern Suns had two im­pres­sive State Basketball League wins over the Rock­ing­ham Flames on Satur­day night and split their en­coun­ters against the Stir­ling Se­na­tors on Sun­day.

The East­ern Suns opened their dou­ble- header week­end host­ing Rock­ing­ham at Ray Owen Sports Cen­tre on Satur­day night and it was a good oc­ca­sion for the women and men.

It started with the Suns women end­ing the win­ning run of the sec­ond­placed Flames with a 94- 80 vic­tory, with Alex Ci­a­bat­toni threat­en­ing a triple­dou­ble with 23 points, nine as­sists and eight re­bounds.

Jen­nie Rin­tala also had 17 points and 12 re­bounds, Jor­jah Smith 14 points, Han­nah King 13 and Jewel Williams 11.

The Kala­munda men backed that up with a 114102 win over a Rock­ing­ham team fea­tur­ing Illawarra Hawks NBL cap­tain Kevin White and Perth Wild­cats vice- cap­tain Greg Hire.

There were a host of strong per­form­ers for the Suns, with Ker­rod Horn fin­ish­ing with 21 points, Court­ney Bel­ger 21 points and nine as­sists, Louis Timms 19 points and eight boards, and Carl Aylett 18.

It was a short turn­around to Warwick Sta­dium on Sun­day for the East­ern Suns and the women con­tin­ued their win­ning ways, pre­vail­ing 81- 72 to con­sol­i­date fifth po­si­tion and close in on fourth.

Ci­a­bat­toni had an­other 23 points and seven as­sists while Rin­tala fin­ished with 22 points and 15 re­bounds, and Jessie Ed­wards 15 points.

The Suns men couldn’t quite make it four from four for the week­end, with Stir­ling hold­ing on for a 102- 96 win. Kevin Davis fin­ished with 20 points and 10 re­bounds.

The East­ern Suns re­main on the road this Satur­day night to take on the Cock­burn Cougars.

Alex Ci­a­bat­toni in ac­tion.

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