TWENTY-four points from sharpshooter Gavin Field was not enough to get Cockburn over the line in their first game of the 2018 SBL season.
Field was the home side’s most potent weapon but the Cougars were eventually over-run by East Perth 93-87 at Wally Hagan Stadium on Friday night.
Jonathon Morse and Drew Williamson were on fire from the field for the Eagles, finishing with 21 points each.
Cockburn next plays the Goldfields Giants and Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium on Saturday.
Across town, Lakeside proved no match for Perth on Friday night, falling to the 2017 men’s champions 102-88 at Belmont Oasis.
Maurice Barrow led the way for the Redbacks with 33 points.
The Lightning will host Perry Lakes at home on Saturday evening.
In the women’s division, 2017 SBL MVP Ali Schwagmeyer scored 25 points and Sydnee Fipps 23 to guide Lakeside to an 84-73 win over Perth on Friday.
The Lightning can continue their hot start when they play Perry Lakes on Saturday.
Cockburn was also dominant in its opening match against East Perth, with Isabelle Miotti scoring 21 points in the 85-56 win.
Cockburn has a bye in round 2.