SBL: Joondalup Wolves look to continue unbeaten playoffs

Greg Hire in game one of the quarter finals. He did not play in the game two after dislocating a finger. Picture: Serene Maisey
Greg Hire in game one of the quarter finals. He did not play in the game two after dislocating a finger. Picture: Serene Maisey

THE Joondalup Wolves are unbeaten in both the men’s and women’s 2016 State Basketball League play-offs as they head into game one of the best-of-three semi-finals this weekend.

The men’s team will be particularly wary of Willetton at Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Saturday, with the Tigers one of only five teams to have beaten the Wolves this season.

And it appears Joondalup will be without star player Greg Hire for the remainder of the finals after he dislocated a finger.

The side had already been caught off guard when unexpected Perth Wildcats duties ruled Hire out of the grand final if the team was to advance that far.

But the finger injury means he will likely miss the semi-finals as well, ending his time with Joondalup in 2016.

In the women’s league, the Lady Wolfpack will be heavy favourites to defeat Perry Lakes in Joondalup on Saturday, having not lost to the Hawks this season.

The Wolves edged out the side by a mere point earlier in the year, but won by 15 points the last time they met.

The women completed the quarter-finals series in two games with an 84-63 win over Cockburn at Wally Hagan Stadium last Saturday.

Ellyce Ironmonger dominated with 11 points, 18 rebounds and five assists.

Nikita Martin led scoring with 23 points.

In the men’s contest, Joondalup easily accounted forthe Perth Redbacks 103-78 in game two at Belmont Oasis on Friday.

Rob Huntington led scoring with 26 points, while Trian Iliadis produced an impressive all-round performance taking 22 points, seven assists and nine rebounds.