THE Perth Redbacks prevailed in the battle of the past two Men’s SBL champions to open Round 4 on Friday night while the Lakeside Lightning won impressively over the Kalamunda Eastern Suns.
There were two Round 4 Men’s SBL matches on Friday night with the Perth Redbacks defeating the Cockburn Cougars 101-92 at Belmont Oasis.
The Lakeside Lightning also beat the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 95-65 at Lakeside Recreation Centre.
The Round 4 Friday night Men’s SBL action saw the 2017 champions host the 2016 title winning Cougars at Belmont Oasis.
It turned out to be a cracking contest as well with the game going into overtime.
In that extra period, the Redbacks took control outscoring the Cougars 11 points to two to claim the nine-point victory as they improve to 4-1 on the season despite being without Lee Roberts, Michael Vigor and Alex Loughton.
The Redbacks had plenty of starring performances from their big names, though, with Mo Barrow finishing the evening with 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists on shooting 13/21 from the field and 2/4 from three-point range.
Shawn Redhage added 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks for Perth too while Jackson Hussey had 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Ben Smith 13 points.
Captain Joel Wagner also finished with five points and five assists for the Redbacks.
Cougars skipper Gavin Field continued his terrific opening to the new season with 30 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks on shooting 11/21 from the floor.
Brandon Sebirumbi added 22 points and three steals before fouling out for Cockburn with Seva Chan contributing 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Jaarod Holmes also had six points and eight rebounds, and Steven Van Lit two points, six rebounds and three assists.
Then Lakeside also hosted Kalamunda at Lakeside Recreation Centre on Friday night.
The Lightning started strongly with 23 points to 13 in the opening quarter and then held the Eastern Suns to just nine third quarter points and 27 for the second half on the way to the emphatic 30-point victory.
It was a tremendous team performance by Lakeside with Jarrad Pure once again leading from the front with 12 points, 22 rebounds and three steals. He nailed all six of his field goal attempts.
Matt Vinci top-scored for the Lightning with 19 points to go with three rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
John Isenbarger added 16 points for Lakeside, Hayden Bell 14 (seven rebounds, three assists), Michael Garbellini 10 points (five boards), Mason Bragg nine points (14 assists) and Rowan Mackenzie eight points (10 rebounds).
Kevin Davis top-scored for Kalamunda with 14 points and 14 rebounds with Ryan Blanchett contributing 13 points and six boards, Tim Squire eight points and three steals, and Jono Diaz eight points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals.
WEEK 4 MEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Perth Redbacks 101 defeated Cockburn Cougars 92
Lakeside Lightning 95 defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 65
Goldfields Giants v East Perth Eagles – Niels Hansen Basketball Centre 7.30pm
Perry Lakes Hawks v Rockingham Flames – Bendat Basketball Centre 8.00pm
Stirling Senators v Joondalup Wolves – Warwick Stadium 8.00pm
Willetton Tigers v Geraldton Buccaneers – Willetton Basketball Stadium 8.30pm
Kalamunda Eastern Suns v Geraldton Buccaneers – Ray Owen Sports Centre 12.00pm
Mandurah Magic v Willetton Tigers – Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre 2.00pm
Joondalup Wolves v South West Slammers – HBF Arena 4.00pm