Willetton Tigers enjoy success in weekend double header

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WILLETTON Tigers enjoyed a successful weekend of State Basketball League action as their men’s and women’s sides combined to win three out of four games during their double-headers.

The women’s team won their first two games of the season, accounting for the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 67-49 on Friday night, before claiming a valuable 73-66 road victory over the South West Slammers.

The men rebounded from a 88-62 thrashing at the hands of Kalamunda to defeat the Slammers 86-79.

Seeking their first win of the season, the women’s side claimed victory off the back of a stellar defensive effort, which saw them concede just 14 points in the second and third quarters combined.

Emma Gandini proved her mettle once again as she finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, while Imogen Ayliffe added 10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

In a closely-fought game with the Slammers, the Tigers pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring their opponents 21-14 to claim back-to-back wins.

Gandini again led from the front with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals and she was aided by eight assists and six rebounds from Taryn Priestly.

A poor second half showing from the Tiger’s men’s side doomed them to defeat against the Suns, as they were held to 18 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Jackson Hussey was the Tigers’ main man, scoring 18 points to go with five assists, four rebounds and three steals.

He missed the second game of the double-header, but fortunately his teammates more than made up for his absence.

Mo Barrow had 22 points off 9-20 shooting, including 2-3 from three-point range, and 11 rebounds, while Connor Mincherton poured 19.