The Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers squandered a promising first-half showing to go down to East Perth 92-71 at the Eaton Recreation Centre on Saturday night.
The Slammers led by seven points at the long break after an impressive opening to the game in which accuracy from the field was a feature.
Shooting at more than 40 per cent from the field, the Slammers opened up a double-figures lead at one stage during the second quarter and looked set to replicated their impressive round two victory over the Eagles earlier this season.
But the home side relinquished their grip on proceedings and were outscored 35-14 in a disastrous third period.
The South West side never recovered and also lost the last quarter in a disappointing end to the fixture.
Carlos White scored 14 points for the Slammers while Senario Hillman hit 13.
In his best game so far this year, Nat van Dijk played 25 minutes and scored 10 points.
Wade Hitchcock also scored 10 points for the Slammers.
Tom Jervis (24 points, 17 rebounds) did most of the damage for East Perth.
Corey Easley also shone with 29 points and Joe-Alan Tupaea chimed in with 16 points.
This weekend, the Slammers travel to Geraldton for a tough road-trip against the Buccaneers on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers women’s side defeated East Perth 65-53 on Sunday to remain at the top of the WSBL ladder.
Valerie Ogoke (14 points), Kim Sitzmann (18 points), Bianca Donovan (12 points) and Kara Hargreaves (11 points) all hit double figures in the points column for the Slammers, who trailed by five points at half-time but set their win up with an impressive 18-4 third quarter.Samantha Norwood (20 points, 15 rebounds) was a standout for East Perth, while Sitzman (10 rebounds) and Zoe Harper (11 rebounds) shone on the boards for the South West side.
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