Facing a double header, the Lakeside Lightning men kicked off the weekend with a thrilling three-point win over the Stirling Senators.
New import TJ Hallice stamped his authority on the game with 24 points, hitting five from nine at the three-point line and 12 rebounds.
The Lightning men were unable to back it up in game two against Geraldton, going down to the Buccaneers 124-103 despite captain Daniel Alexander dropping 31 points.
In the women’s game against Stirling, another thrilling game went down to the wire.
Leading for most of the game, the Lightning were unable to capitalise on the last possession of the game, missing a last second shot to go down 67-66.
Playing away against the Perth Redbacks, Cockburn split the difference to finish round one with a win to the men and a narrow loss to the women.
Trailing 45-21 at halftime, Cockburn captain Chelsea Evans led a spirited fight back from the Cougars, who kept their opponents to just 22 points for the entire second half.
But it was not enough, with the Cougars going down by 11 points.