Flames women win over Redbacks, men lose
Rockingham Flames came away with a share of the spoils from their away trip to Belmont on Saturday night, with the women claiming a win over Perth Redbacks but the men going down.
The third-placed Flames women prevailed 83-69 against the second-placed Redbacks, with D’Lesha Lloyd, Taneisha Harrison and Maddison Allen proving dominant. After a close opening stanza, the Flames pulled away in the second quarter with 22 points to 11, setting up the eventual 14-point victory and keeping the battle for second alive.
The win improved the Flames to 14-5, with games in hand against Lakeside, Joondalup and Cockburn to come while the Redbacks are 16-5 with just a clash against the winless East Perth Eagles to come.
Lloyd top-scored for Rockingham with 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while the returning Harrison added 18 points, six boards, two assists and two steals and Maddison Allen helped herself to 12 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks.
The third-placed Redbacks men put the Flames to the sword in the second quarter, with 38 points putting them out to a 57-32 half-time lead after the Flames had led 23-19 at quarter-time.
The Flames mounted a comeback in the second half, and with 6.38 left in the final quarter, had reduced the margin to just a point, but a three-pointer from Lee Roberts and back-to-back baskets from Mo Barrow pushed the lead back out to eight and extinguished the Flames.
The 100-86 win improved the Redbacks’ record to 17-7, while the Flames’ play-off hopes are in the balance on 11-12 with three games to finish the season against Lakeside, Joondalup and Cockburn.
Curtis Washington top-scored for the Flames with 19, while Greg Hire added 18 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out late in the final term.
Young gun Luke Travers, on his return from the U-17 World Cup where he starred for Australia, finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in what was likely his last game for the club. The 16-year-old left for Canberra on Monday morning to take up a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport.
The Flames host Lakeside Lighting on Friday night with the women tipping off from 6.30pm, before travelling to Joondalup to face the Wolves on Saturday night.
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