Wolves ensnared by Flames

The club’s winning start to the season in the men’s and women’s competitions ended at Joondalup Basketball Stadium with defeats to the Rockingham Flames.

Not even an outstanding 37-point game to Trian Iliadis was enough to get the Wolves’ men over the line in a tight 105-106 loss to the Flames.

It was a hard-fought contest from the get-go, with Joondalup shooting out to a seven-point lead at quarter time, only to see Rockingham peg it back to go up by four points at the end of the half.

The Wolves had no answer for the Flames’ Cooper Land, who dominated away from home with 40 points and 12 rebounds.

Earlier, the women’s game was a tale of two halves for the Wolves, with the visitors taking away a 68-60 win.

Joondalup crumbled in the second half to concede an 18-point lead.

The Flames scorched back in contention, outgunning Joondalup by 16-points in the third term and 10-points in the last to steal the win.

Joondalup’s Nikita Martin was prolific with 21 points, while Ellyce Ironmonger was strong in the paint with a game-high of 12 rebounds.

The Wolves will look for their first home win of the season against the Perth Redbacks this Sunday.