SBL: Joondalup Wolves women stamp title potential beating Willetton for first time in two years

The Lady Wolfpack leads the league. Picture: Serene Maisey
The Lady Wolfpack leads the league. Picture: Serene Maisey

AFTER four weeks of double-header rounds, Joondalup returns to a single-fixture weekend against Kalamunda on Saturday in the Wolves’ final home game of the regular State Basketball League season.

The Wolves men’s side won six of eight games in its most testing stretch of the 2016 campaign, the two losses costing it top position to the Cockburn Cougars.

Joondalup defeated third-placed Willetton 121-98 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Friday night.

It was revenge for the Wolves after losing to the Tigers by six points the last time the sides met.

Kevin Davis took game-high stats in scoring (29 points) and rebounds (12), while Trian Iliadis hit 26 points.

In the women’s contest, the top-placed Wolves defeated Willetton for the first time in more than two years with a 64-50 victory.

The Tigers had beaten Joondalup in their last six encounters beginning mid-July 2014, the Wolves’ last win against them coming in round one of that year.

Nikita Martin scored a game-high 21 points with Ellyce Ironmonger taking 19 rebounds.

On Sunday, the Joondalup men celebrated captain Seb Salinas’s 350th game with a 52-point thrashing of Mandurah 130-78 at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

Salinas stepped up to the occasion, sharing game-high scoring honours with Davis, both players landing 23 points.

Joel Questel delivered a game-high seven assists.

The women had an unexpected loss to the Magic 81-73.