US im­port Jack on fire in Flames’ win

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - David Sal­vaire

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.

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