Wins cement women at top

And the eighth-placed men’s side has been given some breathing space on the edge of finals contention, with the Wolves now a game clear of ninth-placed Southwest Slammers.

The women were all business in their Saturday and Sunday encounters, defeating the Cockburn Cougars 74-55 at home, before edging out the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 71-69 in an exciting clash away from home.

The Suns were left to wonder what might have been, having made 70 field goal attempts ” 11 more than the Wolves ” but equalling Wanneroo on 26 shots made.

The Wolves took their chances at the free-throw line to sneak home victorious.

Casey Lockwood starred with 20 points ” just the seventh time a Wanneroo player had scored 20-plus points from 17 games this season.

It followed a 22-point, 10-rebound effort from Chelsea Burns against the Cougars on Saturday.

In the men’s games, the Wolves were on the wrong side of a tight 100-103 loss to Cockburn, but the right side of a close 100-96 triumph over Kalamunda.

The Wolves were disappointing against 10th-placed Cockburn, letting a 15-point half-time lead slide at Joondalup Basketball Stadium.

Damian Matacz was in vintage form with a 30-point game.

On Sunday, 40 points from Australian Boomers player Luke Nevill was not enough to get the Eastern Suns over the line.

The Wolves led at every break, with double-doubles from Rob Huntington (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Seb Salinas (16 points, 10 rebounds) leading the way.

The Wolves take on Rockingham at home this Saturday.