Wolves up­set hot Flames

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Chris Pike

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.

Pic­ture: Michael Parr

Cooper Land led the way in Rock­ing­ham’s eight-point win over the Gold­fields Gi­ants on Sun­day with 26 points and eight re­bounds.

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