Eagles break through with win

Nikola Donlagic started things off scoring back-to-back three-pointers in the opening term. He continued in much the same form in the second quarter, scoring 16 of his 18 total points in the first half.

The Eagles led at each break, but it wasn’t until the start of the third quarter that they went on a 15-0 scoring run, extending the lead to 27 points.

Perth Wildcats development player Sunday Dech led with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles, backed up by Kyle Armour, who impressed with 17 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and five steals.

Head coach Adam Forde said there were a few firsts for the team during the game.

‘Not only was it our first win on the road this season, but it was also the first time we held a team to under 100 points,’ he said.

‘Defence was a big focus for us this week, so I was really impressed with the guys that they did such an incredible effort in Kalgoorlie.’

The win still sees them sitting three positions outside the top eight.

‘We have some important games coming up against teams that are in the same position as us,’ Forde said.

The Eagles welcome back co-captain Tom Jervis, who was part of the Perth Wildcats championship team, and whose first game is on Saturday at the Morley Recreation Centre.