Flames in hot form

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph

The Rockingham Flames men and women had a weekend to remember after both sides came away from clashes with Perry Lakes victorious.

The men prevailed 90-87 in a tight contest, thanks to a second-half comeback, while the women simply had too much firepower as they swept aside the 2017 champions 86-61.

Perry Lakes got off to a flyer at Bendat Basketball Centre as they raced to a 30-19 quarter-time lead in the men’s clash.

They still led 55-46 at half-time but a Josh Ritchart-inspired Flames rallied to claim a thrilling three-point win.

Ritchart finished with an impressive 21 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks while Justin Beard added 20 points of his own.

Ryan Godfrey was his usual busy self, picking up 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

The win was more impressive as they did it without import Curtis Washington and star recruit Greg Hire who was unavailable because of the Perth Wildcats MVP Ball.

In the women’s clash Townsville Fire WNBL star Darcee Garbin led the way for the Flames as she picked up 22 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Jacinta Bourne also got in on the action as she added 20 points, three assists and three steals. Ariana Hetherington collected 11 points and four rebounds and Maddison Allen scored 11 points, nine boards and three blocked shots.

In 23 minutes of court time coming off the bench Maddison Hopper was the top scorer for Perry Lakes with 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

This Sunday both Flames teams travel to face the Lakeside Lightning.

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