SBL: Willetton Tigers women fall to Lakeside but men get up for big win


Ebony Antonio. Picture: June Halliday
Ebony Antonio. Picture: June Halliday

WILLETTON Tigers women lost their second game in a row at the weekend to Lakeside Lightening 75-91.

It was a major upset for the powerhouse side, despite consistency among the ranks.

The Lightning pulled away in the second quarter with 25 points to 16 to lead 46-39 at the main break and then dominated the third with another 26 points to 13 to end up winning by 16.

The Lightning shot just 38 per cent from the field but nailed nine of 20 three-pointers and got to the free throw line 37 times, converting 28.

The Tigers shot 42 per cent but made just one three and only got to the line 24 times.

Kate Malpass pulled in three rebounds, and a huge seven assists along with two steals, two blocks and 13 points.

Zoe Harper scored 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

Emma Lobb got nine rebounds, three assists, two points and two blocked shots, while Lara Napier managed three assists, two steals, one blocked shot, eight rebounds, and 20 points.

Lightning have now won four of its last six matches to improve to a 7-6 record, while Willetton has lost two straight to slip to 11-3 and falling two games behind the top placed Joondalup.

It was a different story on the men’s court with the Tigers beating Lakeside 72-45.

The win keeps Willetton in third spot at 11-5 but for Lakeside it was an eighth straight defeat with the Lightning holding just four wins for the season.

Josh Johnson managed four rebounds, one assist and eight points while Kyle Armour scored 13 points, four assists and four rebounds.

Jay Bowie scored 18 points, got one steal, one assist and three rebounds.

This weekend features a double bill for the Tigers, with tip off at 6.30pm on Friday against Joondalup Wolves at home and 6pm tip off on Saturday against Cockburn Cougars at Wally Hagan Stadium.