The Suns ad­vance to SBL semi- fi­nals

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THE Kala­munda Eastern Suns women are into the semi- fi­nals of the State Bas­ket­ball League af­ter beat­ing the Wil­let­ton Tigers in two games in their quar­ter­fi­nal match up.

The Eastern Suns fin­ished the SBL reg­u­lar sea­son in fifth po­si­tion ahead of their se­ries with the fourth- placed Tigers. Kala­munda won Game 1 at Wil­let­ton Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium 72- 65 to set up Game 2 at Ray Owen Sports Cen­tre on Fri­day night.

A record crowd turned out to cheer on the Kala­munda women, who got the job done, beat­ing Wil­let­ton 79- 73 to ad­vance to the semi fi­nals.

The Suns did have to come from 10 points down early but re­sponded well, with Jen­nie Rin­tala star­ring with 26 points and 10 re­bounds.

Alex Ci­a­bat­toni added 17 points, seven re­bounds and seven as­sists, Jor­jah Smith 12 points and four as­sists, Mar­lee Bushe- Jones eight points and two steals, and Jewel Wil­liams eight points and three re­bounds.

Kala­munda now ad­vac­nes to the semi- fi­nals to face the mi­nor premier Lake­side Light­ning with Game 1 on Fri­day night at Lake­side Re­cre­ation Cen­tre.

The Light­ning lost just once all sea­son but Suns coach Tom Knowles is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“Wil­let­ton beat us both games in the reg­u­lar sea­son as we had two very bad games against Lake­side,” Knowles said.

“They are cer­tainly tough, I’m not go­ing to take any­thing away from them, and they have a very deep start­ing five. They all play re­ally well. There’s ab­so­lutely no doubt they are go­ing to be tough but any­thing’s pos­si­ble in the fi­nals arena.

“They’ll have a big crowd on Fri­day so I’m sure they’ll be pumped up to get the win and it’s def­i­nitely a tough road.

“But the girls are def­i­nitely up for the chal­lenge and are keen to go out and fight as hard as they can, and see where we can get to.”

Mar­lee Bushe- Jones scored eight points for the Eastern Suns.

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