Impressive Redbacks too good for Eagles

Ranger Bec, Jodie Lucas, Elijah Leilua and pound attendant Tracey with Nike (left) and Miami.
Ranger Bec, Jodie Lucas, Elijah Leilua and pound attendant Tracey with Nike (left) and Miami.

The Redbacks men’s team beat the third-placed Eagles 105 to 91.

The game was in the balance with just under six minutes to go when both Redbacks big-men were fouled out, leaving an opening for the Eagles talls to dominate the boards and take the game away.

However, a combination of solid defence, including a series of blocked shots, along with some big three-pointers from swing-man Bennie Lewis and shooting guard Jarrad Prior, saw the Redbacks score 16 in the six-minute run home, securing the big win.

Lewis top-scored for the Redbacks with 33, eight rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one blocked-shot.

The Redbacks men now have 12 wins and eight losses and are fourth in the 14-team competition.

The Redbacks women celebrated forward Latoya Wallace’s 200-game milestone and kept their finals hopes alive with a 72-42 win over the Eagles.

They are now just one-game out of the final eight, sitting in 10th place out of 12 teams with seven wins and 10 losses.

Forward Jess Jakens top-scored for the Redbacks with 14 along with four rebounds.

On Saturday the Redbacks play the Rockingham Flames at the Mike Barnett Recreation Centre, with the women’s game at 6pm and the men’s game at 8pm.