SBL: Willetton Tigers enjoy solid weekend


Willetton and Cockburn on the court.
Willetton and Cockburn on the court.

WILLETTON Tigers women’s first game was against the Joondalup Wolves in a nail biter, managing to take down the number one seed in the WSBL with a 63-60 win.

The Tigers women made a fast start building on their momentum from beating the Wolves and led 49-34 by half-time.

Willetton shot well going 35-of-73 from the field at 47 per cent and the Tigers’ pressure forced the Cougars into 20 turnovers, and managed to score 21 points.

Kate Malpass in her 200th game was brilliant, scoring 16 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.

Louella Tomlinson was also instrumental in the win, changing multiple shots in the lane towards the end of play.

She finished off the night with 20 points, seven rebounds and a block.

Zoe Harpers work in the keyway showed, with 10 big rebounds and nine points.

Ebony Antonio continued to show her all-round game, playing a tough defence grabbing five rebounds, two assists and 11 points.

The top of the table clash was a crucial win for the women, getting back into the winning column in emphatic fashion.

The Tigers women’s second game against Cockburn was a tough fought win of 81-66 making it two from two for the weekend.

Tomlinson showed her dominance on the boards with 10 in total and 20 points.

Malpass backed up her wonderful game on Friday night with 27 points to go with five assists and three steals.

Harper again did her thing for the Tigers with 14 points and five rebounds in just 22 minutes of play.

Ebony Antonio had 11 points, six assists and three rebounds.

Lara Napier was also instrumental in the win to give all five starters double digits with 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Willetton Tigers men’s first game was a huge win against the top team in the league, the Joondalup Wolves.

The win snapped the opponents’ 10-game winning streak and was tremendous in keeping a top two finish in reach.

After trailing by as many as 15 at half time the Tigers won the fourth quarter by 16 points to come from behind in an exciting game.

Nicholas Cody was outstanding in the fourth quarter, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Jay Bowie put in yet another outstanding effort, pouring in 26 points, most coming in a flurry in the fourth quarter.

Kyle Armour led the team from the front, distributing the ball beautifully to get a game-high 13 assists to go with his nine points and seven rebounds.

Damien Scott was stunning with an array of acrobatic lay- ups.

Josh Johnson showed his toughness throughout the game managing to battle the opposing bigs with nine rebounds and 15 points.

Charles Funches was a great spark off the bench contributing nine points, six rebounds in only 17 minutes of play.

The second game for the men was a hard fought battle against rival Cockburn Cougars.

Unfortunately, the Tigers were unable to go two from two for the weekend, losing 88-107.