Magic draw first blood against Eagles (Saturday night wrap)
In the first of three State Basketball League quarter finals the fifth place Mandurah Magic secured a great win taking down the fourth place East Perth Eagles 99-91.
Some home court magic saw Mandurah end their three game losing streak with a solid 30 point first quarter, the Eagles were dominant in the second and fourth quarter but the home side held on for the crucial game one victory.
Mandurahs Taylor Mullenax (30 points,12 rebounds) and Thomas Remmerswaal (19 points, nine rebounds) were a huge presence for the Magic, the Eagles were led by star Tom Jervis with 33 points and 17 rebounds.
Lakeside registered a 96-82 win against Goldfields, the Lightning started slow to end the first period down by three points, however a huge 34-15 second period set the tone.
The Lightning were led to victory by sharp shooting guard Luke Payne who finished with 37 points, fellow import Ben Beran had 19 points while centre Jarrad Prue controlled the boards with 17 rebounds.
For the second season in a row the Cockburn Cougars and Perth Redbacks match-up in the quarter finals, game one saw the Cougars register a comfortable 106-76 victory over a depleted Redbacks outfit.
There were big numbers on the board from the Cougars Jeremiah Wilson (24 points, 19 rebounds), Gavin Field (18 points, nine rebounds) and Brian Carlwell (18 points, 25 rebounds).
Redbacks import Blake Bender led his side with 19 points while guard Joel Wagner finished with 15 points and ten assists.
The minor premiers Wanneroo got over Kalamunda Eastern Suns with a 108-99 win, import Jordan Wild led the charge for the Wolves with 33 points and 11 rebounds.
Kalamunda were led by imports Greg Palmer (27 points, 5 rebounds) and Lee Roberts (27 points, 10 rebounds).
In women's action the Eastern Suns took down the fourth place Rockingham Flames 73- 64 to gain a crucial 1-0 advantage in the best of three series.
Rockingham made a desperate last quarter come back but couldn't compete with the Suns who were led by Adreinne Jones (24 points, eight rebounds) and Rachel Muenggenborg with 14 points.
The Wolves defeated the Eagles 62-39, Wanneroo were led by Shani Amos (17 points) and Whitney Perret with nine points.
The South West Slammers, making their first ever finals appearance, took down the Redbacks 65-43 with big numbers on the board from Slammers Kim Sitzmann (19 points, ten rebounds) and Valeria Ogoke with 13 points and 17 rebounds.
Article by Hannah Coleman
Photo by Darren Speedie (Vision Inspired Photography)