THE Rockingham Flames did not have the night they were after against the Joondalup Wolves in the State Basketball League on Saturday, but the men and women will look to bounce back at home tonight.
The Flames made the trip to Joondalup Basketball Stadium but weren’t able to come away victorious in either the women’s or men’s contests.
The women got things underway in a battle between the top two teams of 2016 but the Flames were missing Sami Whitcomb, Darcee Garbin and Ifunanya Ibekwe, with new import Chastity Reed yet to arrive.
That saw the Lady Wolfpack end up defeating Rockingham 78-69, even though Jacinta Bourne continued to work hard with her increased responsibility for the Flames.
She finished with 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Tarsha Fletcher added 14 points for Rockingham, Dena English 14 points and Rhianna Kilsura seven.
It was then time for the men’s battle and despite the Flames coming off a win over the Stirling Senators, they were no match for a Wolves team that has played in the past two grand finals.
Rockingham lost by 30 points and scored just five points in the third term, with Joondalup winning 92-62.
Veteran Ryan Godfrey top-scored for the Flames with 15 points and six assists, with Donovan Jack contributing 14 points and Jarryd Griffin 10 and eight rebounds.
Rockingham will be hosting the Lakeside Lightning tonight at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.
The Flames women have won just one of three games to start the season, while the Lightning have won two of their three, including a win over the Kalamunda Eastern Suns last Friday night.
The Rockingham men have also won one of their three games to open the season. The Lightning have won three of their four games to open the 2017 season.