Wolves on the rise

JOONDALUP holds a top-two spot in the men’s State Basketball League for the first time since round five heading into round 10 against bottom-of-the-ladder East Perth.

And the third-placed women’s side could crack the top two for the first time this season with victory over the Eagles.

In the men’s competition, the Wolves dismissed the Rockingham Flames 106-76 away on Friday, before defeating the Perry Lakes Hawks 85-79 at home on Saturday.

The double win had the side snatch second spot from Geraldton, which lost to top-placed South West, on percentage.

Captain Seb Salinas produced one of his best efforts of 2015 to lead the Rockingham game in scoring (25 points) and rebounds (10), while taking an equal game-high four assists and three steals with the Flames’ Taylor Land.

He backed it up against the Hawks to lead scoring with Trian Iladis on 19 points and take a team-high 10 rebounds.

In the women’s league, the Wolves’ most likely path to second spot is to defeat East Perth, while hoping for the second-placed Willetton Tigers to lose both their games this weekend.

Joondalup could also move to second if the Tigers win their clash against top-placed Rockingham, but that would require the Wolves to make up more than 5.5 percentage points on the Flames.

The side was unable to take two wins from last weekend, losing to Rockingham 76-61, but thrashing Perry Lakes 94-51.

Rebecca Mercer led scoring with 22 points against the Flames, while Shani Amos performed strongly against the Hawks with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists.