SBL 2019, Round Seven: Lightning strike down Slammers

The South West Slammers' women's side will go back to the drawing board following its 12-point loss to Lakeside Lightning on Saturday night.

Returning to Eaton Recreation Centre after their loss to Mandurah in Round Six, the Slammers were determined to move up the ladder and remain in finals contention.

Both sides were neck-and-neck throughout an entertaining opening term, with captain Courtney Bayliss (21) and import Brittni Montgomery (18) keeping the Slammers in the contest.

GeAnna Luaulu-Summers (16), captain Courtney Byrnes (15), and Ashleigh Grant (9) put Lakeside in front by one point at quarter time.

Slammers' import Makailah Dyer (top scoring with 22) closed the gap with a six-point haul in the second term.

Thanks to strong team chemistry, Lakeside managed to claim a 43 to 37 lead at the main break.

The home side came together and took the lead in the third quarter, before the visitors snatched it right back.

The Slammers and Lightning then returned to the court for an exhilarating final term.

Assisted by high-scorers Alison Schwagmeyer (collecting a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds) and Tiahrn Flynn (11), Lakeside came away with an 82-70 win.

After seven rounds, the Lightning and Slammers remain second and sixth on the ladder respectively.

The Slammers' men's side suffered yet another loss after going down to Lakeside by 12.

Bringing experience and intelligence to the table, the Slammers' starting five put up a solid fight in the first quarter.

Lakeside captain Kyle Armour (21), Jobi Wall (16), and Rowan Mackenzie (14) were all formidable under pressure.

Teammate Joshua Davey starred in defence with 12 total rebounds and two blocks.

The Slammers took back the lead in the second, before the visitors levelled the scores just before half time.

Armour and Nicholas Palleschi (13) put the visitors ahead by nine at the final change.

Shooting 14 unanswered points early in the fourth quarter, Lakeside went on to defeat the Slammers 91 to 79.

Slammers' captain Michael Lay (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Brody England (22 points, 10 rebounds) both collected double-doubles, after import Tyler Livingston landed 14 and Lucas Goff shot seven.

Both Slammers' teams will take on the Redbacks in Perth this Saturday night.

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