Close call leaves Cougars weary
THE Cockburn Cougars women have gone down in overtime in a Saturday afternoon thriller against the South West Slammers.
The teams could not be split for most of the game, the visitors up by three points at quarter time before the Cougars tied it all up at 44 apiece at the main break.
The Slammers took a slim one-point lead into the main break but the home crowd helped Cockburn force extra time when they drew it again at 83-83.
Unfortunately the Cougars ran out of steam during the added minutes and the Slammers ended 99-93 winners.
Matilda Muir topscored for Cockburn with 26 points, while captain Vanessa Michael used her strength in the paint to sink 21.
The men had more luck, sinking the Slammers 91-77.
Captain Gavin Field continued his strong season with another 30 point effort, while Jaarod Holmes again proved hard to stop with 20.
Across the road, the Lakeside Lightning went two from two in their games against the Warwick Senators.
The women started the successful fixture with their 88-77 win on the back of big efforts from Hannah Stewart (23 points) and Ellyce Ironmonger (21).
The men then backed it up with a 76-73 win of their own, John Isenbarger leading the team effort with 20 points.
After 15 rounds Lakeside top the women’s SBL ladder with Cockburn in 11th, while the men’s ladder has Lakeside in fourth and Cockburn 12th.
In round 16 action Cockburn will host Warwick on June 29 from 5pm and 7pm at Wally Hagan Stadium.
Lakeside’s men will travel north to take on Geraldton.