Basketball: East Perth Eagles senior teams lose to Redbacks

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EAST Perth Eagles’ senior teams wrapped up their State Basketball League (SBL) season with two tough home-game losses to Perth Redbacks at the weekend.

The Eagles’ men’s team lost to the Redbacks 107-116 which ensured the Redbacks stayed in the top four.

After a strong game and large stats on the board, the Eagles again gave themselves every opportunity to win, but just fell short.

Eagles star Kevin Davis scored 35 points, 11 rebounds and four steals.

Captain Drew Williamson finished with 25 points and six assists while Mason Bragg (15 points and 10 assists), Kevin Anthony (11 points and four rebounds) and Joe-Alan Tupaea (10 points) also performed well.

With the women’s coach Narelle Henry and assistant coach Bill Edwards both announcing their retirement at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre on Saturday, the women hoped to send them off with a win.

However, the Redbacks consolidated their play-off spot with a 61-40 win over the Eagles.

The Eagles led by seven points early on, and by five at quarter-time.

But after a tough game, the Redbacks won by 11 points secure their eighth spot on the ladder.

Eagles’ Elainah Coffin scored nine points, five rebounds and three assists.

Teammates Kaylee Kilpatrick (nine points and nine boards) and Eryn Fisher (nine points) also starred.

Edwards said the future was bright for the Eagles women’s program.

“With the talented youth in the team coming through, the Eagles women have a bright future. I will be following them with interest in the coming years,” he said.