SBL: Willetton Tigers both win to head into finals on high note

SBL: Willetton Tigers both win to head into finals on high note

THE last of the playoff positions was decided on Saturday night to close the SBL season with both Willetton Tigers teams walking away with a win.

The womens Willetton Tigers beat the Perth Redbacks 77-65 while the men took the Redback 113-102.

The eight teams to take part in the Men’s playoffs was decided on Friday night when the Perry Lakes Hawks secured eighth spot with a win over the Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

However, with the Eastern Suns and Cougars Women both losing, the chance was there for the Bethanie Stirling Senators to snatch eighth spot with a win over Magic at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

But they weren’t able to pull it off meaning the Cougars finish in eighth spot joining the Joondalup Wolves, Rockingham Flames, Willetton Tigers, Mandurah Magic, Lakeside Lightning and Perth Redbacks in the playoffs.

The Men’s playoff teams are the Cockburn Cougars, Joondalup Wolves, Willetton Tigers, Geraldton Buccaneers, Rockingham Flames, Stirling Senators, Perth Redbacks and Perry Lakes Hawks.

The Tigers geared up for the playoffs with a solid 12-point win at home over the Redbacks to finish the season at 17-5 in third and Perth ends at 10-12 in seventh.

Louella Tomlinson was another dominant presence for Willetton with 19 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots with Kate Malpass contributing 19 points, five boards and five assists.

Zoe Harper had a terrific night in her 201st game with 15 points, 12 rebounds and three assists while Lara Napier contributed 10 points, four boards and three assists for the Tigers, and Desiree Kelley eight points and seven rebounds in the absence of Ebony Antonio.

The Men secured third position with a hard fought 11-point win over the Redbacks at Willetton Basketball Stadium. Willetton finishes third at 18-8 while Perth ends up in seventh at 15-11.

Jay Bowie had a night out for the Tigers in a fascinating battle with Jourdan DeMuynck. Bowie finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds for Willetton on 15-of-26 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from downtown.

Nic Cody finished with 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Tigers, Kyle Armour 16 points, five boards and five assists, Damien Scott 16 points and four assists, and Josh Johnson seven points to go with eight assists and five rebounds.