US import Jack on fire in Flames’ win
A clinical second half by the men’s Rockingham Flames kept Lakeside Lightning quiet at Mike Barnett Sports Complex last Friday night.
The 98-83 win was spearheaded by US product Donovon Jack, who was impressive with 30 points.
Rockingham were down by 12 midway through the second quarter but responded with a bang in the third. With scores level heading into the final quarter, the Flames pulled away to clinch an easy win at home.
Skipper Ryan Godfrey and Vinny Zollo were up and about with 19 points apiece while Justin Beard was strong in defence. Devon Atkinson top-scored for the Lightning with 20 points and eight assists with James Padgett adding 19 points and seven rebounds, Daniel Grida 15 points and five assists and Corey Shervill 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Coach Samuelson said it was good to see his side rebound from a flat performance last week.
“We were pleased with the intensity and effort because we fell apart a little bit last week,” he said.
“We drummed into them pretty hard that this was a winnable game for us and they came out and performed particularly well in the second half. We’re still learning our systems and developing but I’d say we’re a pretty steady ship at this stage.” For the women’s Flames, it was a tough night at the hot house, falling to Lakeside 81-62.
A strong first half was not enough to keep the Lightning at bay with reigning SBL MVP Ali Schwagmeyer’s 21 points and 14 rebounds killing Rockingham.
A double-double from Jacinta Bourne (24 points, 12 rebounds) and Dena English’s 15-point effort were the high points of the night for Rockingham, as Lakeside outscored the home side 41-23 in the second half to claim an easy win.
The men and women’s sides take on South West Slammers at Mike Barnet Sports Complex tomorrow from 6.30pm.