Basketball: Kalamunda Eastern Suns sides build momentum after bright wins in Rockingham


Courtney Belger made a successful return for the Suns.
Courtney Belger made a successful return for the Suns.

THE Kalamunda Eastern Suns men and women had impressive wins last Friday night in the State Basketball League (SBL) as both build momentum in the 2018 season.

The Eastern Suns made the trip south to take on the Rockingham Flames last Friday night in a good test for both outfits at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

With the SBL celebrating Women’s Round, the men’s match took place first with the Suns coming up against Perth Wildcats vice-captain Greg Hire and his talented Rockingham team.

But Kalamunda put together a tremendous performance after quarter-time.

They trailed by 16 points at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Flames 78-50 from there to come away with the impressive 12-point victory.

The Eastern Suns welcomed back import guard Courtney Belger for his first game of the season after he returned from Germany.

He ended up top-scoring with 21 points and three assists.

Kevin Davis added 17 points and 14 rebounds, Ryan Blanchett 17 points, Kerrod Horn 16 points and Logan Viskovich 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.

The win improves the Suns men to a 5-8 record on the season after 9 rounds.

The women’s clash then took the main event slot and it was the Eastern Suns who again prevailed, beating the Flames 74-71 in a thriller to see them improve to a 7-4 record.

Jennie Rintala once again led the way for the Suns with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.

Alex Ciabattoni also finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks with Jorjah Smith contributing 11 points, five boards and three assists, and Hannah King 11 points and seven rebounds.

Kalamunda remains on the road this weekend to take on the Mandurah Magic at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

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