SBL: Joondalup Wolves look to lock top three spot

Ben Ironmonger made an impact against Perth. Picture: Michael Farnell, sportsimagery.com.au
Ben Ironmonger made an impact against Perth. Picture: Michael Farnell, sportsimagery.com.au

JUST four State Basketball League games remain for the Joondalup Wolves and it would take a major collapse for them to lose their top-three spot heading into the finals.

The third-placed Wolves, with 16 wins, are three ahead of South West, Stirling and Cockburn, each on 13 victories.

Joondalup will cement its top-three spot if it triumphs in both games of its double-header against Cockburn (sixth) away on Saturday and Geraldton (second) at home on Sunday.

But it’s a task easier said than done, with the Buccaneers having trounced the Wolves by 25 points the last time they met and the Cougars capable of an upset from sixth spot as the reigning champions.

A double win will have the Wolves finish the round in second place should Geraldton lose both its games.

Joondalup is coming off an 87-75 triumph over the Perth Redbacks at Belmont Oasis on Friday.

The Wolves produced a solid team effort with little separating top scorers Seb Salinas (19 points), Trian Iliadis (19 points), Ryan Wright (16 points) and Ben Ironmonger (14 points). Rob Huntington had an equal game-high 13 rebounds.

In the women’s competition, the sixth-placed Lady Wolfpack cannot finish any higher than fifth.

The Wolves defeated Perth 65-58, with Chelsea Belcher top scoring on 18 points and Shani Amos taking six assists.

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