Suns women on their winning way
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.