Redbacks notch first win

Marita Payne was their highest scorer with 18 points along with 13 rebounds.

Forward Jessica Jakens scored 13 along with 10 rebounds and three assists, while point-guard Rachel Lisch also scored 13, and had seven assists, seven steals and six rebounds.

However, they lost the second game of the weekend by one point in a thrilling encounter against Lakeside Lightning, 63-64.

Guard Stephanie Sauter scored 16 along with three rebounds and three assists, while Payne also scored 16, adding 20 rebounds and six blocked-shots.

They now have one win and three losses and are 11th in the 12-team competition.

The Redbacks men’s team squandered an 11-point three-quarter time lead, going down to the Stirling Senators 91-93.

In an impressive debut for the Redbacks, after finishing his National Basketball League season with the Melbourne Tigers, swing-man Bennie Lewis was their top-scorer with 26 points, six assists and four rebounds.

Point-guard Joel Wagner had 14 assists and 12 points while shooting guard Jarrad Prior scored 17.

The Redbacks men also lost a tough encounter against the unbeaten Lakeside Lightning 87-95.

Power-forward Michael Vigor top-scored with 22 along with 14 rebounds.

Lewis scored 18, and had five rebounds, five assists and three blocked-shots, while centre Justin Brown scored 16, and had 10 rebounds and five blocked-shots.

The Redbacks men’s side now have two wins and three losses and are in ninth place in the 14-team competition.

The action continues this Saturday when the Redbacks take on the Rockingham Flames at Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre, with the women’s game starting at 6pm and the men’s game at 8pm.