EAST Perth Eagles’ senior teams fell to the Stirling Senators in round 16 of SBL at the weekend.
With the absence of star point guard Mason Bragg, who earned a Perth Wildcats call-up, the men’s side lost to the Senators 69-81.
Former Eagle Rhys Vague gave Stirling a quick start by scoring three shots behind the line before finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four blocked shots and three assists.
Dennis Tawhiti top-scored for the Eagles with 16 points and seven rebounds while Kevin Davis added 15 points and six boards.
Eagles captain and new father Drew Williamson notched 11 points, five assists and three steals.
The women’s side pushed top-four aspirants the Senators hard in their 75-80 loss.
Eagles player Haylee DeSousa showed strong leadership by scoring 18 points, five rebounds, three steals and recording a 50 per cent conversion rate from long range.
Nicole Jorre St Jorre scored 16 points and eight assists while Kaylee Kilpatrick scored 15 points and five rebounds.
Assistant coach Bill Edwards said the team played a strong brand of basketball.
“Near enough is not good enough…we had the opportunity to take control of the game, and we didn’t,” he said.
The Eagles face the Rockingham Flames at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre on July 8.