Basketball: Kalamunda Eastern Suns men shine in 109-103 win over Perth Redbacks

Courtney Belger leaps to the basket. Picture: Belinda Pike
Courtney Belger leaps to the basket. Picture: Belinda Pike

IT was quite the eventful night at Ray Owen Sports Centre for the Kalamunda Eastern Suns on Saturday leading into the State Basketball League All-Star Games on Monday.

The Eastern Suns hosted the Perth Redbacks and proceedings began with a battle over fourth position in the women’s competition.

It went right down to the wire with the Redbacks winning 92-89 despite 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists from Alex Ciabattoni for Kalamunda. Jessie Edwards also had 22 points and four assists in her first appearance for the Suns.

Kalamunda’s men delivered an impressive performance too against the defending champion Redbacks highlighting its playoff credentials with the 109-103 victory.

Big man Louis Timms produced his best game of the season for Kalamunda with 23 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Belger added 21 points, five rebounds and five assists, Ryan Blanchett 18 points, Kevin Davis 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Carl Aylett 12 points.

That led into the SBL All-Star Games with Kalamunda well represented at Bendat Basketball Centre.

The Eastern Suns played were part of the North team. It was South, coached by former Kalamunda coach Craig Mansfield, who won the women’s battle 103-76.

From the Suns, Jennie Rintala had six points and five rebounds, Ciabattoni 10 points and seven boards, and Jewel Williams five points.

The Kalamunda players were then part of a winning North team in the men’s clash, who beat the South team 123-110.

From the Suns, Davis had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Belger 17 points, five steals and four rebounds.

Kalamunda now takes on the East Perth Eagles in the SBL this Friday night at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre. They back it up against the Lakeside Lightning at Ray Owen Sports Centre on Saturday night.

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