WEEK 19 of the Women’s SBL set up a fascinating final round of the 2016 season with Joondalup Wolves and Willetton Tigers impressing, Perry Lakes Hawks upsetting Rockingham Flames and the race in the bottom half of the top eight not becoming clearer.
The Lady Wolfpack locked away the minor premiership through a combination of beating Perth Redbacks and the Hawks downing the Flames, while the Tigers returned to some ominous form with big wins over Lakeside Lightning and Kalamunda Eastern Suns.
Willetton Tigers defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns and with one round of the regular season remaining, the Joondalup Wolves (18-3) are safe atop the standings followed by Rockingham Flames (17-4) and Willetton Tigers (16-5).
The Tigers delivered a dominant 30-point win over the Eastern Suns with Louella Tomlinson unstoppable with 35 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots.
Kate Malpass added 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for Willetton, Zoe Harper 13 points and seven boards, and Desiree Kelley 10 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists.
In the men’s the Tigers defeated the Lakeside Lightning 104-101 and remain in third position after their two.
There were a host of star individual performances across the weekend as well starting on Friday night with Daniel Alexander delivering a huge effort the Lightning despite losing to the Tigers in a thriller.
Alexander finished with 43 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots for Lakeside with Daniel Grida adding 11 points and four boards, and Matt Vinci 10 points.
The Tigers won the game with Jay Bowie ending the night with 30 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals with Charles Funches contributing 17 points, five boards and two blocks, and Kyle Armour 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Damien Scott also had 16 points and four rebounds for Willetton, Nic Cody 11 points and seven boards, and Josh Johnson 10 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists.
In the second game, the Tigers beat the Eastern Suns by 21 points on the road with Lachlan Evans having the standout night so far of his young career with 27 points on 7-of-16 shooting from downtown.
Jay Bowie added 25 points and seven rebounds for Willetton, Charles Funches 14 points, six boards and four blocks, Andrew Black 13 points, eight assists, four steals, three blocked shots and two rebounds, Daniel Casey 11 points and nine boards, and Nic Cody 11 points.