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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.