THE Joondalup Wolves men’s and women’s sides have one of their biggest challenges of the State Basketball League season this weekend with two matches against quality opposition.
The clashes against Willetton away on Friday and Lakeside at home on Saturday will test the teams with the Tigers placed third in both leagues and the Lightning embedded in the top eight of each competition.
The Lady Wolfpack can expect a particularly competitive showdown against Willetton, which has had the better of them in recent seasons.
In the men’s league, Willetton stands as Joondalup’s toughest opponent since the Wolves’ victory over the second-placed Cockburn Cougars in April.
And the last time Joondalup met Lakeside, the side sneaked past the Lightning by a point in the dying moments of the clash.
The challenging weekend begins a run of four consecutive double-header rounds for Joondalup in a measure of their fitness ahead of the play-offs.
Last Sunday, the men won every quarter against Perry Lakes in a straightforward 100-82 win at Bendat Basketball Centre.
Wolves centre Kevin Davis made a big impact with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Greg Hire hit 22 points going at 3-5 from the three-point line.
In the women’s game, Joondalup also won every quarter to defeat the Hawks 76-61.
Amy Kidner took a game-high 23 points, while Klara Wischer led the contest in rebounds with 12.