Basketball: Perth Redbacks back with bite against Stirling

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THE Perth Redbacks had a successful weekend after wins over the Stirling Senators at Belmont Oasis on Friday night.

In the women’s SBL, the Redbacks defeated the Senators 82-55 after coming into the game coming off their second loss of the season during the previous week.

That loss ended a five-game winning run for the Redbacks but they responded strongly to come away with the 27-point victory.

It improved the Redbacks to a 6-2 record on the season while the Senators slip to 3-6.

Jess Jakens continued her career-best season for the Redbacks in a new role as a scoring threat off the bench. She finished with 22 points and four rebounds on 10-12 shooting.

Mikayla Pirini added 19 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals for Perth, while Makailah Dyer finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Kayla Standish eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals.

In the men’s SBL, the Redbacks and Senators entered the contest with 6-3 records but Perth came away with a 105-84 win.

The Redbacks came out strongly to lead by seven points at quarter-time and then put their foot down in the third quarter with 33 points to 20 to set up the match-winning advantage as they went on to score the 21-point victory.

Ben Smith had a night out for the Redbacks, with the championship-winning veteran ending the night with 27 points, three rebounds and two steals.

He shot 8-15 from the field, 6-11 from three-point territory and 5-5 from the foul line.

Shawn Redhage added 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Redbacks, with Jackson Hussey contributing 18 points, three boards and three steals, Mo Barrow 16 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Joel Wagner seven points, nine assists and five boards.

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