Eagles fall to the Cougars

East Perth Eagles scramble for the rebound against the Cockburn Cougars. |Below: Eagles players line up for the one-minute silence. www.communitypix.com.au d418844
East Perth Eagles scramble for the rebound against the Cockburn Cougars. |Below: Eagles players line up for the one-minute silence. www.communitypix.com.au d418844

The women’s matches on Thursday night saw Cockburn Cougars beat the East Perth Eagles 75-60, while in the men’s game the result was 101-85.

Women’s coach Conrad Francis said it was a case of being so close, yet still so far away.

‘We are now almost at the half point of our season and whilst we have had some wins and some close losses against some quality teams, we feel we are capable of better,’ Francis said.

‘We head into this weekend’s bye looking forward to having two weeks to freshen up the legs and tighten up a few areas.

‘We need to set ourselves up for an improved backend of the season.’

In men’s, the Eagles slipped to a 3-8 record with the loss.

In Thursday’s game, Sunday Dech led the way for the Eagles finishing with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from downtown.

Joe-Alan Tupaea added 14 points and nine rebounds for East Perth, Kyle Armour 14 points and seven assists, and Nikola Donlagic 13 points.

On Sunday, it was Dech with 27, Armour with 18 and Drew Williamson with 15 who came up with the baskets.

Both teams will use the bye this weekend to regroup.