Double win for Slammers men
The men’s Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers fed off the pressure of a vital round 16 double-header to twice come from behind and record important wins over Cockburn and Willetton at the weekend.
Starting the round in ninth position and away to Cockburn, the Slammers found themselves trailing by 10 points at half-time courtesy of some pin-point long range shooting from the home side.
After the Slammers tied the game up midway through the third quarter the Cougars, led by ascending forward Gavin Field, went on another run to open a five point advantage at the start of the deciding term.
That lead blew out to 14 points as the South West failed to hit a single bucket until midway through the fourth quarter when guard Markus Monroe (34 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, four steals) sprang to life, reeling off 12 points in five minutes to level the scores.
The sides swapped baskets down the stretch leaving the Slammers trailing by two with eight seconds on the clock when a missed Cougars free throw left the door open for the visitors, forward Trent Worthington (21 points, six rebounds) stepping up to hit a buzzer beating three to secure a nail-biting 101-100 victory.
An inaccurate first quarter saw the Slammers fall behind early against Willetton the following night before surging home over the next three quarters, shooting at 63 per cent for the rest of the game to pile on 103 points and beat the Tigers 119-98.
Once again it was Monroe starring for the South West, the US import finishing with 33 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.
Clive Weeden continued his excellent run of form to compile 28 points and 21 rebounds and Wade Hitchcock was outstanding in a supporting role, nailing five triples in his tally of 19.
The results move the Slammers into seventh on the congested SBL ladder, level on points with the three teams above them with four games to play.
At the other end of the spectrum, the women’s Slammers suffered a double blow to their finals chances, losing heavily to both Cockburn and Willetton at the weekend.
On Friday the women were outclassed 89-70 by a Cougars side led by former British international Emma Pass before falling 76-48 at home to the Tigers.
The Slammers remain eighth despite the losses.
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