PERRY Lakes and Perth continued their impressive starts to the 2018 Men’s SBL season remaining undefeated after Friday night’s action with the Hawks beating the East Perth Eagles and the Redbacks defeating the Kalamunda Eastern Suns.
There were two matches to open Round 2 in the Men’s SBL on Friday night with the Hawks and Redbacks both continuing their undefeated starts to the season in impressive and emphatic fashion.
The Perry Lakes Hawks beat the East Perth Eagles 98-74 at Bendat Basketball Centre while the Perth Redbacks downed the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 90-63.
The Round 2 Men’s SBL action got underway at Bendat Basketball Centre with the Hawks coming off a big win over the Mandurah Magic while the Eagles split their games with Rockingham and Geraldton.
Perry Lakes got on top early and controlled the contest going on to win by 24 points and that was despite a dominant display for East Perth from Jonathan Morse.
Morse finished with 38 points and eight rebounds on 14/24 shooting but no teammate scored more than Ngor Manyang’s seven points.
The Hawks were minus import Tyler Monroe but had plenty of strong contributors with Lochlan Cummings delivering 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Ryan Smith had another 15 points while Mitch Clarke had 13 points and five rebounds, Ben Purser 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals, Brian Carlwell 10 points and eight boards, and Dan Thomas nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
The defending champion Redbacks were then hosting their third straight home game to open their title defence and they made it three wins from three attempts taking care of the Eastern Suns by 27 points.
It was Alex Loughton’s last game of the season with the Redbacks and he continued on his form from the NBL with the Cairns Taipans on Friday night with another 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Shawn Redhage added 17 points and four assists for the Redbacks with Jackson Hussey contributing 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Mo Barrow 13 points, 10 boards and five assists.
The Eastern Suns couldn’t quite back up their impressive home opening victory over the South West Slammers last Sunday. But big man Kevin Davis was impressive with 22 points, 17 rebounds and three steals.
Jono Diaz added 11 points for Kalamunda but no other player managed more than five points.
WEEK 2 MEN’S SBL FIXTURES
MEN’S SBL FIXTURES – WEEK 2
Perry Lakes Hawks 98 defeated East Perth Eagles 74
Perth Redbacks 90 defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 63
Goldfields Giants v Cockburn Cougars – Niels Hansen Basketball Centre 7.30pm
Geraldton Buccaneers v Rockingham Flames – Active West Stadium 7.30pm
South West Slammers v Mandurah Magic – Eaton Recreation Centre 8.00pm
Lakeside Lightning v Perry Lakes Hawks – Lakeside Recreation Centre 8.00pm
Kalamunda Eastern Suns v Joondalup Wolves – Ray Owen Sports Centre 8.30pm
Stirling Senators v Willetton Tigers – Warwick Stadium 2.00pm