SBL: Kalamunda Eastern Suns face test of finals mettle

SBL: Kalamunda Eastern Suns face test of finals mettle

TONIGHT presents a crunch game for the Kalamunda Eastern Suns women’s team.

The Suns will be looking to beat the fourth-placed Perry Lakes at the Bendat Basketball Centre to give themselves the best chance of retaining eighth spot and play SBL finals.

Club chairman Peter Hanson said the Suns, who were in a battle for the last finals berth with the Cockburn Cougars and Stirling Senators, would be making every effort to win the game.

“We don’t want to put pressure on the girls too much,” he said.

“But fingers crossed and we’re planning to do the right thing.”

The team, which defeated the Hawks in their last encounter, has had a blend of youth and experience this season under coach Jason Smith and assistant Tom Knowles, who is also an assistant at the Perth Lynx.

The roster includes three Lynx squad members, some senior basketballers who returned to the club and young players.

The Suns have only missed the finals once since entering the competition in 2008.

The men’s team will again finish outside the finals but have improved under coach Mike Clarke, and have a chance to improve on their six season wins tonight against the Hawks.

“The men’s game has been very fast and high-scoring this season,” Hanson said.

“We’ve been among the top teams in categories such as highest-scoring team and three-pointer team.

“We just weren’t putting it into games won. Though we have had our fair share of wins and it has been a better season than the past couple.

“Things look promising for the future if we can keep the team together.”

Tip-off for the women tonight is 6.30pm and the men 8.30pm.