SBL: Joondalup Wolves look to build a buffer in top spot

In-form Wolves star Rob Huntington led his team’s scoring.  Picture: Michael Farnell, sportsimagery.com.au
In-form Wolves star Rob Huntington led his team’s scoring. Picture: Michael Farnell, sportsimagery.com.au

JOONDALUP heads into a double- header this weekend, looking to consolidate its place on top of the State Basketball League table with Geraldton nipping at its heels.

The Wolves are one game clear of the Buccs as they look to defeat Willetton away on Saturday and Kalgoorlie at home on Sunday.

The side celebrated captain Seb Salinas’ 400th game last weekend with an 18-point victory over the Lakeside Lightning at HBF Arena.

The Wolfpack led for the whole game before beating the Lightning 96-78 to improve to a 10-1 record and remain unbeaten at home.

Rob Huntington was the star of the night for Joondalup, top-scoring with 26 points and four assists while shooting 10-13 from the field, 2-2 from three-point range and 4-4 from the free-throw line.

Brian Sullivan added 22 points and six rebounds with Jalen Billups contributing 18 points and nine rebounds, and Trian Iliadis 14 points and three steals.

In the women’s clash, scores were locked 33-33 at the break before the Lightning pulled away in the third quarter and went on to win 76-54.

The loss left the Wolves in seventh with a 4-6 record.

Amy Kidner top-scored for the Lady Wolfpack with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.