Wolves given finals scare

The first-round scare against eighth-seeded Perry Lakes, who unexpectedly pushed the top-placed Wolves to three games, would have reminded Joondalup that ladder positions mean little in the finals.

But the side will be confident against the Flames, having beaten them convincingly both times they faced them this season.

With a 1-0 series lead, the Wolves could have wrapped up the quarters last Saturday, but the Hawks forced a decider with a nailbiting 94-92 victory at Joondalup Basketball Stadium.

The Wolves jumped to an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter but the Hawks closed the gap when they outscored the hosts by 13 points in the third.

Perry Lakes� Bryton Hobbs hit 36 points to outdo usual Joondalup suspects Trian Iliadis (26 points) and Kevin Davis (23 points).

The Wolves produced the biggest margin of the series with a 109-100 win in the decider.

In contrast to the men, the Lady Wolfpack breezed through the quarter-finals, thrashing South West 99-46 in game two.

But they face a great challenge against Willetton in the semi-finals beginning Saturday at Joondalup Basketball Stadium. The Wolves have not beaten the Tigers, who finished second, this season.