Wolves upset hot Flames
Joondalup Wolves defeated the Rockingham Flames men’s and women’s sides in week nine of the SBL last Friday night, with the ladies recording a shock second loss of the season.
The 65-54 upset came as the men were also defeated 125-106 by the Wolves at the Mike Barnett Sports Complex, but they redeemed themselves with a win over the Giants on Sunday.
The most intriguing result of the weekend came when the “Lady Wolfpack” broke the nine-game winning streak of two-times defending champion Flames and took out an 11-point win.
The Flames had an uncharacteristically poor shooting night, going 22-of-75 at 29 per cent and six-of-36 from deep at 16 per cent.
The Wolves hit 39 per cent from the floor and pulled in 51 rebounds to 39 to set up the impressive win.
Sami Whitcomb top scored for the Flames with 26 points, 12 rebounds and three steals despite going two-of-13 from beyond the arc.
In the men’s competition, it was the defending champion Wolves retaining top spot in the standings with a 19-point road win over the Flames.
The Wolves had a terrific shooting night, going 44-of-75 from the field at 58 per cent while nailing 14-of-26 from the three-point range at 53 per cent.
The Flames shot 43 per cent from the field and 53 per cent from beyond the arc as well, but the Wolfpack had too many weapons.
Greg Hire delivered his best performance in his second game back at Joondalup with 26 points, four rebounds and four assists, shooting 10-of-13 from the floor and two-of-three from deep.
Matthew Honey top scored off the bench for the Flames with 31 points, hitting 10-of-15 from the floor and seven-from-10 from downtown.
On Sunday, the Flames men played again and ended their losing streak when they defeated the Goldfields Giants at home, 108-100.
The win saw Rockingham improve to 7-6 in what was a seesaw affair all afternoon, with the Flames leading by 12 at quartertime but the Giants playing well in the second quarter to trail by just three at the half-time break.
Cooper Land led the way for Rockingham with 26 points and eight rebounds.
Cooper Land led the way in Rockingham’s eight-point win over the Goldfields Giants on Sunday with 26 points and eight rebounds.