Huge win for Flames women

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph

Rockingham Flames tasted both success and defeat last weekend, with the women emphatic victors in their clash against Willetton Tigers while the men suffered two losses on the bounce against the Tigers and Geraldton Buccaneers.

Action tipped off on Saturday night with the Flames women putting on a show to ease past the Tigers 91-56 at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

D’Lesha Lloyd had another big night out as she picked up 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in the 35-point win.

The big win extended the Flames’ winning run and extended their record for the season to 6-2.

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The men, however, could not match the women as they fell 103-94 to the Tigers on Saturday night before slumping 63-99 to the Buccs at Mike Barnett Sports on Sunday afternoon.

Greg Hire was the best performer for the Flames against Willetton as he picked up an impressive 23 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists. That was where Hire’s great weekend finished though, with the Perth Wildcats star slumping to just two points, five rebounds and six turnovers on 0/8 shooting against Geraldton.

The Buccs blew the Flames off the floor in their Sunday afternoon clash as they scored 57 points in the first half to lead by 27 at half-time; before extending their lead to 36 to wrap up a comprehensive road win.

Rockingham had to make do without Josh Ritchart in the defeat, with Jarryd Griffin the Flames’ top scorer after coming off the bench with 14 points and five rebounds. Import Curtis Washington chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Justin Beard picked up 12 points and seven rebounds. Gokul Natesan was the star for the Buccs.

Sunday’s result wound back the Flames’ record to 6-5 while the Buccs improved to 8-2.

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