THE Joondalup Wolves need two wins from the women this weekend to take the pressure off them dropping out of the top eight after three straight losses in the State Basketball League.
The third-placed men, on the other hand, appear menacing after the arrival of marquee import Ryan Wright and are looking an ominous prospect for South West in Eaton on Saturday and Kalamunda in Joondalup on Sunday.
The Lady Wolfpack (seventh) was outdone in the rivalry clash against Stirling (fourth) 73-57 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Saturday.
The Wolves put up 72 field goals to the Senators’ 67 but struggled with accuracy, shooting at 29 per cent to the visitors’ 42.
Shani Amos was the exception, scoring 13 points at a 56 per cent clip, including 3-7 from the three-point line.
Joondalup is just one win clear of Rockingham (eighth) and South West (ninth).
This makes victory all the more important this weekend, particularly against the Slammers on Saturday night.
In the men’s competition, Canadian import Wright made a seamless debut into the Wolfpack, taking six rebounds and an equal team-high 17 points with Seb Salinas.
Joondalup proved a major frustration for Stirling from the outset, with the visitors unable to hit a field goal in the first 11 minutes of the 85-54 Wolves triumph.
The Wolves are two games clear of fourth spot and a win shy of Geraldton in second.