SBL: Joondalup City Wolves too good for Willetton Tigers

IT was a devastating result for the Willetton Tigers when the Joondalup City Wolves downed both the women’s and men’s teams at the weekend.

In the women’s competition, the Wolves won 64-50 despite shooting just 29 per cent from the field with the Tigers not doing a whole lot better at 18-of-54 at 33 per cent. However, Joondalup won the possession battle significantly, taking 25 more shots with eight more rebounds and forcing Willetton into 19 turnovers.

Nikita-Lee Martin top-scored for Joondalup with 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists with Shani Amos contributing 14 points, four boards, three assists and two steals while Ellyce Ironmonger grabbed 10 points and 19 rebounds.

Klara Wischer also finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists despite shooting just 2-of-17 from the floor.

Desiree Kelley top-scored for Willetton with 17 points, 10 rebounds and two steals while Ebony Antonio adding 12 points and five boards. Foul trouble limited Louella Tomlinson to just 25 minutes and 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Away games have proven unpredictable for the Tigers and despite the men heading to Joondalup confident, having beaten the Wolves three weeks ago, they couldn’t replicate that victory.

Joondalup proved too strong at home, winning by 23 points to remain in contention with the Cougars for top spot.

The win improves the defending champions to an 18-4 record behind the 18-3 Cougars while the Tigers all but slip out of contention for a top two spot at 15-7.

The Wolves got off to fast start with 33 points to 20 in the first quarter and there was no Willetton comeback on this occasion with Joondalup pulling away after half-time to end up winning by 23.

There wasn’t much between the shooting on the night but the Wolves got on top through hustle and winning the possession game on the back of 61 rebounds to 34.

The Tigers were also forced into 16 turnovers from which the Wolves scored 21 points.

Kevin Davis led the way for the ‘Wolfpack’ with 29 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals shooting 11 of 14 from the field and 7 of 10 from the foul line.

Trian Iliadis finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Wolves while Greg Hire had 17 points, 10 boards and four assists in his 150th game for the club to become an unrestricted player.

Seb Salinas had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in his 349th SBL appearance.

Jay Bowie top-scored for the Tigers with 26 points and six rebounds with Kyle Armour contributing 21 points and seven assists, Damien Scott 13 points and Josh Johnson 10 to go with five rebounds as Willetton struggled in the absence of Nic Cody.

Round 18 pits Willetton Tigers against the Rockingham Flames on Saturday, July 16, at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

Women’s tip off is at 6.30pm followed by the men’s at 8.30pm.