SBL: Joondalup Wolves in Kalgoorlie trip after winning start


Tip-off in the opening game of the SBL season between Joondalup Wolves and Cockburn Cougars last weekend. Picture: Michael Farnell
Tip-off in the opening game of the SBL season between Joondalup Wolves and Cockburn Cougars last weekend. Picture: Michael Farnell

ALREADY, the Joondalup Wolves are faced with the longest road trip in the State Basketball League as they prepare to meet Goldfields in their second game of the season.

The Wolves oppose the Giants at Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium on Saturday, coming off a winning start to the year against Cockburn Cougars.

Putting last year’s grand final loss to the Cougars behind them, Joondalup edged past the defending champions 104-101 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Saturday.

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Seb Salinas began his campaign on a sharp note, shooting at 62 per cent to top score with 22 points.

US import Richard Ross dropped 16 points and had three rebounds on debut.

Fellow American debutant Wade Guerin hit five points and took five rebounds.

The Wolves women also shook the shackles of a grand final loss in 2016 to defeat Cockburn 73-71.

Chelsea Belcher dominated to score a game-high 29 points, while taking eight rebounds and two steals. Ellyce Ironmonger continued her domination of the boards from last season with 17.

The women have a bye this weekend.