THE 2016 SBL finals got underway last Friday night with the lone Men's quarter-final match-up that saw the Willetton Tigers beat the Stirling Senators 110-97 at Willetton Basketball Stadium.
The win has put the Tigers at number one for the quarterfinals three round.
The game started close with a square 28-28 at the end of the first quarter.
With the Tigers men down by three at half time, the third quarter had to bring the goods.
Pushing the lead to 11 points with Jay Bowie scoring a three point shot assisted by Kyle Armour at the siren.
Bowie had a huge scoring night, with 36 points six of those shots three pointers, as well as 7 assists. Amour passed 10 assists to the team, six rebounds and 21 points. Nicholas Cody pulled in eight rebounds, two blocked shots and 11 points, one shot was scored with five minutes to go in the last quarter, a jump shot putting the Tigers score to 100-86 making the lead 14 points. Damien Scott pulled in six rebounds and scored seven points, Josh Johnson scored three, three pointers for the night with a total of 17 points, one assist and four rebounds. Daniel Casey scored six points, Andrew Black four points and four rebounds, Charles Funches pulled in eight rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot and eight points.
It was a great result for the women too, when the Tigers beat Lakeside Lightning 101-58.
It was a tight first half with the Lightning sticking with the Tigers on the back of seven three-pointers but they could not keep it up after half time.
Willetton’s pressure went up noticeably after half time and the Lightning ended up with 27 turnovers for the night with the Tigers scoring 34 points from those.
Willetton also dominated inside with 54 points in the paint to 20 as Louella Tomlinson and Zoe Harper proved too big, too strong and too good. In the end, the Lightning managed just 14-second half points and the Tigers went on to win by 43 points.
Willetton shot 38-of-69 at 55 per cent from the field while Lakeside shot at 35 per cent.
Harper finished with 23 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers on the back of a dominant first half with Tomlinson ending up with 18 points, six boards and three blocked shots.
Kate Malpass added 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Willetton, Desiree Kelley 12 points, six boards, three steals and two assists, Emma Gandini and Emma Lobb both nine points and Lara Napier six points and 10 assists.