Basketball: Mandurah split results against Rockingham

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THE Mandurah Magic women have romped to a 16 point win over the Rockingham Flames in round 17 of the SBL.

Keen to atone for their 14 point loss to Rockingham in round 13, Mandurah got off to a shaky start when captain and star defender Rachel Halleen went down with a knee injury in the second quarter and played no further part in the game.

But the team rallied after the injury and a lethal hand from outside the arc, which had Mandurah drop 11 three pointers to Rockingham’s four, helped them run out 81-65 winners.

Casey Mihovilovich again put on a scoring masterclass, sinking 20 points, while Taylor Brown (16) and Bree Klasztorny (12) also reached double digits.

For Rockingham, Alexandra Ciabattoni and Darcee Garbin toiled hard in the paint, scoring 18 points each.

It was a low scoring match for the men, who went down to the Flames 66-48.

Despite getting out to a 10 point lead early in the game the Magic would struggle to put the ball through the ring, scoring just 29 points in the match’s final 33 minutes as Rockingham notched their sixth win in a row.

Travis Durnin top scored for Mandurah with 16 points while young gun Jerami Grace sunk 13.

Former Perth Wildcat Greg Hire dropped an equal game-high 16 points for Rockingham, while teammates Chudier Pal and Caleb White (10 each) supported strongly.

After 17 rounds, Mandurah’s women are 4th on the SBL ladder while the men are 13th.

With just three rounds to go, Mandurah will host the Willetton Tigers on July 12.

Both games will be held at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre, the women from 6.30pm and the men from 8.30pm.