Playing their second consecutive double-header round last weekend, the Wolves were unable to capitalise on a possible two-win catch-up when they lost to the Cougars 104-99 in Hamilton Hill on Saturday.
But they came away with one victory, defeating Perth 114-100 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Friday night.
The game marked the return of 2011 championship player and former Wildcat Brad Robbins to the side.
Robbins played limited minutes against the Redbacks but had a team-high three steals.
Import Kevin Davis landed 32 points and nine rebounds, with Seb Salinas contributing six assists.
On Saturday, Damian Matacz produced vintage form to lead Joondalup scoring with 24 points. The game was 90-90 at the end of regular time before Cockburn edged home for a win.
In the women�s games, the fourth-placed Wolves honoured Shani Amos� 150th match with a 75-51 triumph over the Redbacks before defeating the Cougars 86-61.
Rebecca Mercer�s dominant form continued as she led scoring with 20 points on Friday and returned an equal team-high 16 points with Chelsea Burns against Cockburn.
Amy Kidner enjoyed a strong weekend off the bench taking nine rebounds in the win over Perth and 13 points on Saturday.