Flames lack fire, focus in loss
Lack of concentration in the second period cost Rockingham Flames the game on Sunday, falling to Geraldton Buccaneers 85-79.
After keeping the visitors quiet in the opening period, the Flames were caught napping in the second with a barrage of Buccs threepointers doing the damage.
Rockingham entered the major break with a 12-point deficit and could not bridge the gap in the second half.
Geraldton sharpshooter Aaron Ralph was dangerous from beyond the arc with 20 points while a double-double from US import Mo Barrow (11 points, 12 rebounds) hurt the Flames inside the paint.
Brad Samuleson’s men showed some fight through Jarryd Griffin (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Vinny Zollo (17 points) and guards Ryan Godfrey and Beau Samuelson were also strong.
Samuelson said the lack of consistency from his side was disappointing.
“Our biggest issue is we’re not getting 40 minutes of basketball on the court at the moment which is a shame,” he said.
“If we could play out the game and shoot at a better clip our win-loss ratios would be a lot different.
“Geraldton is definitely one of the top three in the competition and I thought we controlled them really well bar (Aaron) Ralph.
“But we went away from our structures and people got a little lazy in the second period and that’s what hurt us.”
Both men’s and women’s Rockingham sides were due to face reigning SBL premiers Cockburn Cougars on Tuesday with the result unknown at the time of writing.