The Kalamunda Eastern Suns had an Easter Thursday to remember in the State Basketball League with home victories and they will look to keep that momentum going in Round 4 of the 2018 season.
Both Suns men’s and women’s teams were coming off tough losses the previous weekend to the Joondalup Wolves and Perth Redbacks, but responded well on Thursday night at Ray Owen Sports Centre.
The women’s contest began proceedings with Kalamunda recording an impressive 93-65 victory against the East Perth Eagles.
It was the second win of the season for the Suns, having beaten the South West Slammers in the opening round, and it was on the back of the return of experienced centre Jennie Rintala.
She delivered 25 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots in her first game in 2018 having returned from playing in Germany.
She had plenty of support too with Alecia Knowles scoring 12 points, Jorjah Smith 12, Hannah King 11, Jewel Williams 11 and Alex Ciabattoni 11 to go with eight rebounds, seven rebounds, seven steals and two blocks.
Then in the men’s contest, Kalamunda delivered an impressive performance too, beating East Perth 114-105.
Big man Kevin Davis was the star against his team from last season putting up 30 points and 12 rebounds. Logan Viskovich added 22 points, Kerrod Horn 15, Ryan Blanchett 13 and Jono Diaz 10.
Round 4 of the SBL begins on Friday night with Kalamunda hitting the road again to face the Lakeside Lightning at Lakeside Recreation Centre. The Lightning women are unbeaten so far in 2018 while the men are 1-2.
The Suns men then back up on Sunday by hosting the Geraldton Buccaneers at Ray Owen Sports Centre.