SBL: Joondalup Wolves face first finals fixtures

Ryan Wright with an agressive slam for the Wolves. Picture: Michael Farnell, sportsimagery.com.au
Ryan Wright with an agressive slam for the Wolves. Picture: Michael Farnell, sportsimagery.com.au

THE Joondalup Wolves’ first finals are looking a strong chance to go down to the wire in the State Basketball League this weekend.

The men’s and women’s sides face game one of a best-of-three series in the quarter-finals.

The second-seeded men oppose defending champions the Cockburn Cougars (seventh) at Joondalup Basketball Stadium (JBS) on Saturday.

Joondalup has beaten Cockburn both times they’ve met this season, but by small margins.

The Wolves are in ominous form, having won seven straight to end the season.

The sixth-seeded Lady Wolfpack faces Lakeside (third) in Bibra Lake on Friday.

Joondalup has not beaten the Lightning this year but the finals experience of the Wolves means an upset is not out of the question.

The women finished the season with a big win over South West 71-54 at the JBS’s farewell night on Saturday.

Chelsea Belcher under pressure in the win over South West. Picture: Michael Farnell

The men also enjoyed victory against the Slammers, but in a much tighter 89-86 result.

The triumph left the side on equal wins with top team Willetton, but had them finish second because the Tigers had a better head-to-head record in games against the Wolves this season.

It capped off a big night for the club, which attracted a record 801 fans for the final regular season games to be played at the 35-year-old JBS. The Wolves move to Arena Joondalup next season.

Fans write their JBS memories on the wall at the farewell game. Picture: Michael Farnell

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