Wolves hungry for finals feed

The Wolves men took the best-of-three semi finals series in game two, defeating the Perry Lakes Hawks 104-98 at the WA Basketball Centre on Friday night.

The women went about it the hard way, having taken out game one at home, they journeyed to Rockingham on Friday, where the home side triumphed 82-72.

But the Wolves fired on their return to Rockingham in game three on Saturday, overcoming the Flames 60-52.

It will be the Lady Wolfpack’s first championship game in 16 years when they face the Kalamunda Eastern Suns at the WA Basketball Centre this Friday night.

On Saturday, the Wolves men must overcome powerhouse side the Lakeside Lightning, who have dropped just three games all season.

But if any side is going to upset the Lightning juggernaut it’s the in-form Wolves.

Last Friday, they clawed back a 12-point deficit midway through the third period to defeat Perry Lakes by six points.

The lead changed four times in the final 3½ minutes, until the away side got the jump in the dying stages.

Wanneroo centre Damian Matacz did mostly as he pleased under the hoop, taking 10 points in the first period and ending the game with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

Hawks captain Ben Purser (28 points) was a handful, inside and outside. He was shooting at 70 per cent to the end of the third period, but his shots wouldn’t land as Wanneroo’s accuracy sharpened in the last quarter.

Leading the side’s late charge, was Wolves sharpshooter Trian Iliadis, who found his range when the game was on the line.

Iliadis (20 points) had experienced a frustrating night in the field, having not a hit a shot until midway through the third quarter.

But the former US college player recovered to land 16 last-period points, including four from outside, to leave the Hawks rattled.