Basketball: Kalamunda Eastern Suns fail to shine in SBL Anzac Day encounter against Willetton


Kevin Davis top-scored with 26 points.
Kevin Davis top-scored with 26 points.

THE Kalamunda Eastern Suns men’s and women’s teams weren’t able to come away with Anzac Day victories in the State Basketball League but they have the chance to quickly bounce back on Saturday night.

The Eastern Suns travelled to Willetton Basketball Stadium on Wednesday for the annual Anzac Day contests with the Tigers in the SBL.

The action got underway with the women’s contest that saw Willetton defeat Kalamunda 88-78.

Perth Lynx WNBL star Alex Ciabattoni put in a strong performance for the Eastern Suns with 20 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Jewel Williams added 16 points and Jennie Rintala nine to go with nine rebounds.

In the men’s match, the Tigers also beat the Suns 97-85. Kalamunda was leading at three-quarter time, but was overrun in the fourth term, being outscored 28 to 13 to lose by 12 points.

Big man Kevin Davis top-scored for the Eastern Suns with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Kerrod Horn added 13 points, six rebounds and six assists, with Jonathan Diaz contributing 12 points and five assists, and Ryan Blanchett 10 points, seven boards and six assists.

That came after the Suns also lost at home on Saturday night to the Goldfields Giants. The Kalgoorlie side recorded the 118-99 victory for their first win of the 2018 season.

Kalamunda is back home this Saturday night to play the Stirling Senators, with the women’s contest beginning at 6pm and the men’s from 8pm.

The games at Ray Owen Sports Centre will see the Suns women going into the contest in seventh position at 3-4, while the Senators are just behind with the same record in eighth spot.

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