SBL: Red-hot Flames blown out in home losses to Joondalup

SBL: Red-hot Flames blown out in home losses to Joondalup

THE red-hot Rockingham Flames women’s nine game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end on Friday night, going down 65-54 to Joondalup at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

The reigning champions had a Friday the 13th to forget, as it seemed business as usual in the first term before a meltdown in the second allowed the Wolves to skip away to a 10-point lead at the half.

From there the Flames struggled to reel in Joondalup, despite 26 points to three time SBL MVP Sami Whitcomb.

Whitcomb played a lone hand at the net as the only Flames player to sink double figures as the side slipped from top spot.

It was a similar display in the men’s game, taking a quarter time lead only to be blown away in the second before going on to lose 125-106.

It was a brave effort against a Joondalup side who had won five on the trot before the match, sitting atop the men’s league.

Matthew Honey was best for the home side with 31 points while Kevin Davis and Wildcat Greg Hire led the way for the Wolves with 26 points each.

However, it was happier hunting on Sunday for the men, downing the Goldfield Giants 108-100 at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

The Flames led at every change on its way to the win with Cooper Land securing 26 points and eight rebounds in a win that keeps the side in seventh.

This week both teams will be in action just the once as they travel to Eaton on Friday night to take on the South West Slammers.

The Slammers are rock bottom of the women’s league and are 11th in the men’s league.