Eagles comfortably keep Wolves at bay

Jarrod Balcombe makes a high-flying dunk.
Jarrod Balcombe makes a high-flying dunk.

Continuing their form from the weekend before last, the Eagles opened with a high- scoring first quarter and took the lead 36-22.

From that point East Perth never surrendered the lead, winning each quarter.

The game blew open in the third quarter, with East Perth outscoring their northern suburbs rivals 27-15.

‘I thought we did a great job targeting their guards,’ coach Adam Forde said.

‘We went in with the game plan to wear them down, as Wanneroo didn’t have their starting centre.

‘So we knew the bulk of their scoring would come from their back court, so we wanted to pressure them full court and contest every shot.’

The seven Wanneroo guards were held for a combined total of 40 points, shooting a low 13 from 61 shot attempts from the field.

Perth Wildcats development guard Trian Illiadis was the best for Wanneroo, scoring 24 points.

Wanneroo shot a total 33 per cent from the field compared to East Perth’s 49 per cent.

This also included the Eagles going 11 from 24 shot attempts from three-point range in comparison to Wanneroo misfiring at two from 23.

Eagles also out-rebounded the Wolves side 51-36, which all contributed to the 31-point win, Forde said.

Drew Williamson starred for the home side with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists, which included a rare four-point play right in front of the Wanneroo bench, and to the delight of the home crowd.

Tom Jervis backed up his performance from last weekend with another ‘double double’, scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jarrod Balcombe wowed the crowd with his high-flying dunks and above-the-rim block on his way to contributing 18 points and nine rebounds.

Illiadis and Rob Huntington were the best for the visitors, scoring 24 points and 23 points respectively.

The next game for the East Perth Eagles is against cross-town rivals Stirling Senators at Warwick Leisure on Thursday, March 28, tip off at 8.30pm.

The East Perth Eagles women found themselves chasing the Wanneroo Wolves up and down the court on the weekend in their first home game at Morley Recreation Centre on their way to a 86-39 thrashing.

Coach Aaron Berryman conveyed that more discipline was needed on court and is looking forward to building on this in the coming weeks.