Tough weeks ahead for Eagles

East Perth now sit tied at fifth on the ladder with a 12-10 record, but the momentum isn’t in their favour having lost six out of the past seven games.

With four games left in the regular season, East Perth has dropped to its lowest standing on the ladder after maintaining a top three position for the majority of the year.

The game was staged as a blockbuster in Geraldton in front of a packed house as the third placed Buccs hosted the Eagles.

The Buccs came out firing out with some long-range shooting, mainly from Aaron Ralph, who had 23 of his 33 points in the first half.

The game was a back-and-forth contest, until late in the second quarter when Geraldton outscored the Eagles 36 points to 18.

East Perth struggled to make even the easy baskets in front of a hostile crowd, shooting a lowly 29 per cent from the field and 23 per cent from three-point range.

The Eagles also threw the ball away 10 more times than the Buccs as they recorded 24 turnovers to Geraldton’s 14.

Tom Jervis was the sole provider for the struggling Eagles with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The usually ever-consistent backcourt of Drew Williamson, Joe Tupaea, Jarrod Balcombe, Nathan Freind and John Taylor combined for a dreadful 10 of 45 shooting.

This Eagles travel to Mandurah this weekend to face the Magic, then back it up with a home game against the Willetton Tigers.