SBL: rotten weekend for East Perth with losses all around

SBL: rotten weekend for East Perth with losses all around

EAST Perth Basketball Association’s senior teams both lost double headers against South West Slammers and Cockburn Cougars in the SBL at the weekend.

On Friday, the Eagles lost to the Slammers 69-85 in a one-sided affair at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.

The Slammers dominated the first half to lead 43-27 at the half time.

However, the Eagles outscored the Slammers by eight points in the third quarter, but allowed the intensity to slip thereafter.

The Slammers responded with 26 points to 18 in the final quarter to win by 16 points.

Abbey Duinker was the main contributor for the Eagles with 25 points and seven rebounds.

Kaylee Kilpatrick notched 13 points, nine boards and four assists while Elainah Coffin scored 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Eagles put up a brave fight before falling to the Cougars 63-70 on Sunday.

The Cougars’ consolidated their position in the top eight with the win.

Eagles’ star Kilpatrick fought hard with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Haylee De Sousa scored five points, five rebounds and four assists.

Bench players Akim Lual finished with eight points, Eryn Fisher (six points) and Amy Chinnery (five points and four assists) also contributed to the scoreboard.

Assistant coach Bill Edwards said the weekend was “the tale of two teams”.

“Friday night was disappointing with our inability to execute the game plan and score against a team that we expected to defeat at home,” he said.

“It is a simple game, if you put more shots up than your opponent, but do not get them in; you lose.

“However, on Sunday our performance was a lot more satisfying.

“Against a strong opponent determined to get into the eight, we had our young players on the court playing the game style we wanted them too.”

The Eagles’ men’s side lost to the Slammers 90-92 and the Cougars 100-102.

The losses resulted in the Eagles drop to 11th position but they were still in contention to make the top eight.

Both teams will play the Stirling Senators in Warwick on June 30.

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