Wolves close to semi-finals

The Wolves lived up to their reputation as a danger side in game one of the best-of-three quarter finals, disposing of the third-placed Geraldton Buccaneers 96-81 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium last Saturday.

The Wolves women, who have enjoyed a dominant season, easily overcame the Stirling Senators 84-59.

In the men’s quarters, Trian Iliadis continued his rich vein of form to top score for the Wolves with 24 points.

He’ll hope to improve from the three-point line when game two tips off in Geraldton on Saturday, as he hit none from 11 attempts in game one.

Shooting guard Seb Salinas played an unlikely rebounding role to lead the team with 11 boards, while also hitting 12 points.

The Wolves must reduce the impact of prolific Buccs forward Robert Kampman in game two, with the US import dropping 33 points and taking 15 rebounds last weekend.

In Warwick, the Wanneroo women were beaten 20-22 in the first period, but took control for the remainder of the game.

Nikita Martin stamped herself as the WSBL’s form player with a game-high 22 points. Well-versed finals performer Ainsleigh Sanders produced a valuable 15-point and 11-rebound double-double.