Fol­low the Suns

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS - Chris Pike

The East­ern Suns women have the State Basketball League bye this week­end while the men travel to Ger­ald­ton to face the sec­ond­placed Buc­ca­neers.

IT was a mixed night for the Kala­munda East­ern Suns at Wally Hagan Sta­dium on Satur­day, with the women beat­ing the Cock­burn Cougars, while the men lost a heart­breaker.

The East­ern Suns had just the one game in round 15 of the State Basketball League and that started with the women try­ing to break into the top four by con­tin­u­ing their good form.

The Suns were able to do that, de­liv­er­ing an im­pres­sive per­for­mance to beat the Cougars 107-89 to make it three con­sec­u­tive wins, im­prov­ing to a 12-6 record and mov­ing into fourth po­si­tion.

Jen­nie Rin­tala had an­other mon­ster game in­side for Kala­munda with 25 points, 13 re­bounds, four as­sists and two blocked shots in­clud­ing nail­ing 5/9 from three-point ter­ri­tory.

Alex Ci­a­bat­toni had 23 points, six boards and six as­sists, while Jessie Ed­wards con­trib­uted 20 points and 10 re­bounds, and Jor­jah Smith 11 points and six as­sists.

The Suns men then had the op­por­tu­nity to break into the top eight with a win over the Cougars and for most of the night they ap­peared on track to do so.

The East­ern Suns did pull away dur­ing the third quar­ter to lead by four points but Cock­burn was able to pro­duce 32 points to 23 in the fourth quar­ter to claim the 98-93 vic­tory on their home floor.

Im­port guard Court­ney Bel­ger top-scored for the Suns with 18 points, seven as­sists and six re­bounds, with Kevin Davis con­tribut­ing 16 points and nine boards.

Louis Timms also had 16 points and seven re­bounds, and Ryan Blanchett 12 points and nine boards.

The loss means Kala­munda re­mains in ninth po­si­tion with a 9-12 record.

The East­ern Suns have the round 16 bye, while the men travel to Ger­ald­ton to face the sec­ond-placed Buc­ca­neers on Satur­day night.

Jen­nie Rin­tala had an­other mon­ster game.

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