SBL: Eagles men and women get off to winning starts

SBL: Eagles men and women get off to winning starts

TWO leading basketball teams in the East Perth District Basketball Association made a perfect start to the State Basketball League (SBL) season at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre at the weekend.

The Eagles men’s and women’s teams both notched wins against the Kalamunda Eastern Suns and Kalamunda Suns.

The Eagles women beat the Eastern Suns 75-53, with Jodee Sontay leading the way with 19 points.

Women’s coach Narelle Henry said there was a need for better team focus and continued hard work.

Perth Wildcats player Mason Bragg spearheaded the men’s side with his Wildcats teammates Bryce Cotton, Casey Prather and Jameel McKay watching on the sidelines.

His influence proved pivotal in the exciting and fast 92-75 win.

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The men’s team played another fixture on Sunday against the Goldfield Giants, who were seeking its first win of the season.

Experienced Eagles Cory Easley and Drew Williamson scored a three-point display and leading scores.

The team gave player-coach Joe Tupaea a great birthday present with a 99-78 win.

Ngor Manyang provided the icing on the cake with a slam-dunk before rookie Kieran Berry scored a three-pointer at the end of the game.

Tupaea said he was not happy with the team’s defence and more effort was required.

The men will face the Geraldton Buccaneers on Saturday, before heading to Bunbury with the women’s team next week.