Forde relaxes after weekend win

Head coach Adam Forde with captain Drew Williamson hold the cup after their win. Picture: Serene Maisey
Head coach Adam Forde with captain Drew Williamson hold the cup after their win. Picture: Serene Maisey

Forde said he was relieved to bring home the win after the 2012 loss to Cockburn.

‘I didn’t over celebrate the win much afterwards either,’ he said.

‘I was that exhausted I went home and went to bed.’

The seventh placed East Perth Eagles won their first State Basketball Championship in only their second appearance in a grand final, in front of a sell-out crowd at the WA Basketball Centre.

The side got off to a fast start stretching their lead to 20 points in the first half with Joe Tupaea and Tom Jervis leading the charge, both registering double figures in points and rebounds.

After half time, the Buccaneers came back fighting outscoring the Eagles 28 to 16, bringing them to within two points at the start of the fourth.

It was the closest the Buccaneers got to the Eagles, who went on to score seven straight points and maintain the lead, winning by 16 points.

Tom Jervis finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds, Kyle Armour registered 15 points, while Drew Williamson’s championship winning experience showed with 14 points.

Mathiang Muo and Nikola Donlagic also shot well, finishing with 12 points each, while Joe Tupaea won the Most Valuable Player finishing with 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Forde said he was happy for the team and particularly pleased for Tupaea who won his first MVP.

‘It was great to see Joey get the finals MVP,’ he said.

‘He has now played in nine grand finals for two clubs and this was his fifth championship and first MVP.

‘He played his absolute heart out.’

Forde will now focus on his role at the Perth Wildcats who are vying for a seventh NBL championship title.