Flames leave their rivals smouldering

MARK UTLEYSound Telegraph

The Rockingham Flames men’s and women’s teams continued their red hot form, both winning two games at the weekend.

The Flames men’s side had the better of the Cockburn Cougars on Thursday night, with a 17-point win.

Cooper Land led the scorers, shooting 27 points, and was supported by the efforts of Tom Remmerswaal with 22 and Taylor Land with 19.

After the game, coach Mark Utley highlighted the work of his guards Jarrad Griffen and Matt Honey.

“I thought Griffen was our most valuable player and Matt Honey just showed how valuable he can be for us off the bench,” he said.

In the second game of the Easter weekend, the Flames men’s team dominated throughout to beat the Kalamunda Eastern Suns away from home.

In a team performance, they dominated the Suns defensively and were led by Taylor Land with a triple double, who scored 15 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.

Other good performances were by guard Andrew Bowman and centre Travis Moore.

The Flameswomen sent a daunting message to the rest of the league when they dominated two challenging teams and added to their undefeated run.

The Flames defeated the Cougars on Thursday night by 28 points, with a stellar performance by captain Kaye Tucker.

On Saturday, the women were challenged early by the Suns before a dominant performance after half-time gave them an easy 30-point victory.

The men’s team sit atop the ladder with an 8-1 win-loss record and an eight-game winning streak. The women’s team have won all seven games and also sit at the top the ladder.

Next week’s games see the Flames travel to Eaton to take on the Slammers before returning to the Mike Barnett Sports Complex on Sunday to take on the Lakeside Lightning.

The Lightning are near the top of the ladder and will be a great challenge for both teams.

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