SBL: Joondalup Wolves take momentum into Lakeside Lightning clash

Former Perth Wildcat champion Shawn Redhage has been key to Perth Redbacks fortunes. Picture: Michael Farnell, sportsimagery.com.au
Former Perth Wildcat champion Shawn Redhage has been key to Perth Redbacks fortunes. Picture: Michael Farnell, sportsimagery.com.au

FRESH off becoming the first team to defeat the Perth Redbacks this year, the Joondalup Wolves will look to maintain the momentum against Lakeside Lightning in the State Basketball League tonight.

In their only Friday night home game of the regular season, the men’s side could move up from fourth place with a win over the Lightning (eighth) at Joondalup Basketball Stadium.

The women’s team, which is also fourth, will look to rebound after Perth handed the Lady Wolfpack their first loss of the season.

Much focus was on Joondalup Basketball Stadium last Thursday, with retired Perth Wildcats legend Shawn Redhage hitting the court for the Redbacks as the Wolves looked to break Perth’s five-game win streak. And while Redhage dominated to take a game-high 27 points and 18 rebounds, it did not stop the Wolves taking a 90-83 victory.

Trian Iliadis led scoring for Joondalup with 24 points including 4-8 from the three-point line. Captain Seb Salinas was influential with 15 points, a team-high five assists and equal team-high seven rebounds with Rob Huntington.

In the high-scoring women’s clash, Joondalup’s Chelsea Belcher impressed with 34 points and four steals but the Wolves fell short 87-80.

Shani Amos found plenty of scoring passes with seven assists, while Nikita Martin took 26 points and eight rebounds.

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