Cougars jump into third (Round 14 men's wrap)
Cockburn Cougars won back to back games in round fourteen, knocking off the Perth Redbacks and then the Mandurah Magic to secure third place on the standings.
The Cougars started the weekend taking down the Magic 95-90 in a thrilling overtime clash on Friday night at home.
Cougars centre Brian Carlwell (24 points, 17 rebounds) and forward Jeremiah Wilson (31 points, 11 rebounds) were outstanding in the overtime victory.
The Cougars then went on to take down the Redbacks 100-88 on Saturday night, seeing the Redbacks drop to fifth after two winless weekends.
Imports Jeremiah Wilson (25 points, ten rebounds) and Brain Carlwell (18 points and 12 rebounds) were again standouts for the Cougars.
A depleted Lakeside Lightning defeated the Goldfields Giants 91-71 on Saturday night, the Giants stirred in the last quarter but were too far behind to close the deficit.
Lightning import Ben Beran covered the loss of fellow import Luke Payne to lead all scorers with 37 points and 12 rebounds while centre Jarrad Prue stood tall with 14 points and 25 rebounds.
Wanneroo Wolves kept their undefeated record away from home intact, managing to survive without import Jordan Wild, on their way to a 78-77 victory over East Perth.
The Wolves were strong across the board with solid games from Seb Salinas (19 points) Damian Matacz (19 points) and a double-double from Greg Hire with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
The Willetton Tigers defeated the Stirling Senators 85-69 to pick up their fourth consecutive victory.
Willetton junior and Wildcats development player Robert Cassir (19 points, eight rebounds) and veteran Travis Moore (15 points, nine rebounds) were the standouts.
East Perth Eagles bounced back from their one point loss to Wanneroo on the Friday night to defeated the South West Slammers 92-71 on the road.
In the Mid West the Geraldton Buccaneers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 134-96 victory over the struggling Rockingham Flames.
Morgan Sabia (28 points), Aaron Ralph (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Matt Wunderberg (20 points, 17 rebounds) all contributed to halt the Buccs six game losing streak.
The Kalamunda Eastern Suns enjoyed a 98-74 victory over the Perry Lakes Hawks, leaving the Hawks in danger of missing their first playoffs in two decades.
Justin Brown and Lee Roberts both finished with 20 points for the home side while Ben Purser had 17 for the Hawks.
Article by Hannah Coleman
Photo by Helen Theoharakis (Hoop Shots)