Wolves de­posed after shock loss

North Coast Weekender - - Sport -

THE State Bas­ket­ball League has kicked up a notch in its fi­nal month with Joon­dalup los­ing its hold on top spot head­ing into a dou­ble-header this week­end.

The Wolves suf­fered a shock loss to the lowly Gold­fields last Satur­day, al­low­ing the Buccs to claim the man­tle as the best team in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Joon­dalup could re­claim the top rung this week­end if Ger­ald­ton loses to Stir­ling and the Wolves de­feat Perry Lakes at home on Fri­day and Lake­side away on Satur­day. The for­mer league lead­ers were beaten 93-91 by the Giants in a tight Kal­go­or­lie con­test.

The hosts hit 23 free throws from 28 at­tempts, with the vis­i­tors hav­ing just 12 op­por­tu­ni­ties and land­ing nine from the penalty stripe.

A 16-8 of­fen­sive rebound count in the Giants’ favour was also telling.

Joon­dalup’s Jalen Billups led scor­ing with 28 points, while cap­tain Seb Sali­nas had 10 re­bounds.

Wolves cap­tain Seb Sali­nas played well in Kal­go­or­lie.

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