THE Cockburn Cougars made it a successful weekend with Clint Steindl on board beating the Willetton Tigers on Sunday in the Men’s SBL with the Joondalup Wolves and Stirling Senators scoring emphatic home victories as well to close Round 10.
There were three matches on Sunday afternoon to close Round 10 in the Men’s SBL starting with the Joondalup Wolves beating the Goldfields Giants 104-73 at HBF Arena.
The Cockburn Cougars then made it two wins inside 18 hours by beating the Willetton Tigers 96-83 at Wally Hagan Stadium while the Stirling Senators also defeated the South West Slammers 129-76 at Warwick Stadium.
That came after the action on Round 10 began on Friday night with the Lakeside Lightning beating the Mandurah Magic 106-80 and the Perth Redbacks defeating the Rockingham Flames 110-87.
Saturday night then began with the Lakeside Lightning beating the Goldfields 122-69 and the Geraldton Buccaneers defeating the Perry Lakes Hawks 91-81.
The Joondalup Wolves also beat the Willetton Tigers 83-68, the Cockburn Cougars downed the East Perth Eagles 87-76 and the Mandurah Magic prevailed 101-100 in a controversial thriller over the Kalamunda Eastern Suns that ended with two unsportsmanlike foul calls.
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The Sunday action in the Men’s SBL began at HBF Arena with the Wolves putting their unbeaten record at their new home venue on the line.
The Wolfpack was also coming off a 15-point win on the road to Willetton on Saturday night while the Giants were attempting to bounce back from a 53-point defeat at Lakeside.
The Giants started strongly to lead by as much as seven points in the first quarter and to still lead 27-26 by quarter-time. But from there the Wolfpack worked their way on top starting with 33 points to 14 in the second period.
The Wolves went on with it from there to win by 31 points to finish the round on a 12-1 record atop the standings while the Giants remain on the bottom at 2-10.
Brian Sullivan equal top-scored for Joondalup with 24 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and two steals on the back of shooting 8/15 from the field and 5/12 from three-point territory.
Jalen Billups also delivered 24 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Wolves with Rob Huntington contributing 16 points and three boards, Reece Maxwell nine points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, Damian Matacz nine points and six rebounds, and Daniel Vlahov eight points.
Kyle Sovine finished the afternoon with 22 points and eight rebounds for the Giants while Jake Martin had 18 points, 12 boards and three assists, and Jeylyn Sharpe 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
The Cougars and Tigers then did battle at Wally Hagan Stadium with Cockburn fresh off beating East Perth on Saturday night with Perth Wildcats shooting guard Clint Steindl making his first appearance. Willetton’s six-game winning run came to an end at home to Joondalup.
That set the stage for a tantalising match up on Sunday with the Cougars starting strongly with 31 points to 25 in the first quarter and never looking back. They went on to lead by 13 points at half-time and 22 at three quarter-time before withstanding a Tigers comeback to win by 13.
The two wins this weekend for the Cougars sees them improve to ninth position and a 6-7 record while the Tigers slip to 7-5 with the two losses after a six-game winning run. The absence of Jay Bowie certainly didn’t help matters.
Steindl ended up top-scoring for the Cougars even though he only spent 16 minutes of the floor. He finished with 21 points and two assists on shooting 7/8 from the field, 2/3 from long range and 5/5 from the foul line.
Gavin Field delivered 18 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for Cockburn with Julian Pesava bouncing back from an early knock that sidelined him the previous night for 18 points and six boards.
Brandon Sebirumbi also had 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Cougars with Jaarod Holmes adding 10 points and four boards, and Matej Mandic eight points and three rebounds.
Tigers captain Kyle Armour had a big afternoon with 31 points, five steals, three assists and two rebounds on shooting 11/15 from the floor, 3/3 from downtown and 6/7 from the charity stripe.
Andrew Black contributed 10 points, five rebounds and four assists for Willetton, Badou Diagne 10 points and seven boards, Hayden Noordhoek eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Luke Jackson eight points and seven boards.
Round 10 in the Men’s SBL then concluded on Sunday afternoon at Warwick Stadium with the Senators and Slammers both making their only appearances of the weekend.
Stirling started strongly with 33 points to 24 in the first quarter and never looked back with another 31-16 in the second quarter, 35-18 in the third period and 30-18 in the fourth to come away thumping 53-point winners.
The victory improves the Senators to an 8-5 record on the season in fourth position while the Slammers slip to 3-9 with the loss after having shown some improved form in recent weeks after an 0-7 start to the season.
Cody Ellis delivered a monster performance for the Senators with 32 points, five rebounds and two assists on shooting 12/15 from the field and a perfect 8/8 from three-point range.
Justin King also finished with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists for Stirling, Caleb Davis 20 points, eight boards and four assists, Robert Anshila 11 points and nine rebounds, and Corban Wroe nine points, nine assists, three boards and two steals.
Brandon Thompson hit a game-high 33 points for the Slammers to go with four steals and three rebounds on shooting 8/13 from three-point territory.
Clive Weeden finished with 13 points for the Slammers and Brian Voelkel 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
WEEK 10 MEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Mandurah Magic 80 lost to Lakeside Lightning 106
Rockingham Flames 87 lost to Perth Redbacks 110
Lakeside Lightning 122 defeated Goldfields Giants 69
Geraldton Buccaneers 91 defeated Perry Lakes Hawks 81
Willetton Tigers 68 lost to Joondalup Wolves 83
East Perth Eagles 76 lost to Cockburn Cougars 87
Kalamunda Eastern Suns 100 lost to Mandurah Magic 101
Joondalup Wolves 104 defeated Goldfields Giants 73
Cockburn Cougars 96 defeated Willetton Tigers 83
Stirling Senators 129 defeated South West Slammers 76