The Tigers went down 98-84 in game one and will have to win games two and three in Rockingham next weekend.
The game marked the 250th for Tigers player Melissa Marsh, who was presented with recognition awards from both the SBL and the club.
The Flames started strongly, getting off to a six-point lead before the Tigers could score their first basket in the third minute of the game.
After finally getting a score on the board, the Tigers, led by recently named most valuable player Ebony Antonio, went on a strong run.
They took the lead by five points during the middle of the quarter but unfortunately couldn’t sustain the effort. Antonio finished the quarter with 12 points but the Flames led by eight at quarter time.
The second quarter belonged to the Tigers and they showed that the eighth-placed team was going to be very competitive against the minor premiers, reducing the deficit to just the solitary point ” 49-48 ” at the long break. The second half belonged to the Flames and they built on their one-point half-time lead to run out eventual winners 98-84.
Game two and game three (if required), will be played at the Mike Barnett Sports Complex in Goddard Street, Rockingham this Friday and Saturday night.
Friday’s game will tip off at 6.30pm and then, if required, Saturday’s will start at 6pm.