The clash between fourth-placed Kalamunda Eastern Suns and second-placed Willetton Tigers will go a long way to deciding the fate of these teams in this weekend's round of the women's State Basketball League.
With plenty of congestion from positions two to seven the clash could be important for both sides to break away from the pack and get the head-to-head advantage in case of tie breakers.
The Tigers are on a four-game winning streak and are one of the in-form teams, but the Eastern Suns have won four of their past five and should be well rested after last weekend's bye.
Rockingham Flames face a double header this weekend, taking on bottom team Mandurah Magic on Friday night and then Perth Redbacks away on Saturday.
Lakeside Lightning have a rare home double header this weekend when they take on the South West Slammers on Friday night and then the Stirling Senators on Saturday.
South West Slammers will be without Kim Sitzman after the star import injured her ankle in last weekend's win over Perry Lakes and the Lightning will look to take advantage in front of their home crowd.
The Lightning round out the double header against the Stirling Senators who, despite showing some positive signs, have been inconsistent this season.
Wanneroo Wolves halted a six-game losing streak with two wins last weekend and they will be looking to continue that form this weekend against the Perry Lakes Hawks who have dropped four of their past five games.
East Perth Eagles aim to pick up a much-needed win when they face Mandurah Magic. The Eagles have dropped four of their past five games and are just hanging on to the final play-off position.
Meanwhile, Perth Redbacks head coach Glenn Ellis has pleaded guilty to "using abusive, threatening, obscene language or signs" and not guilty to "acted in an unsportsmanlike manner in the stadium precincts or surrounds" at the women's SBL game between the Perth Redbacks and Wanneroo Wolves at the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre last Friday.
After hearing statements from the relevant parties, the tribunal found Ellis guilty of both charges and applied a ban for a total of three games, with all three games being suspended until the end of the Redbacks WSBL regular season (July 21), meaning Ellis is free to coach this weekend.
The suspended sentence will automatically apply should Ellis be found guilty of a charge brought before the tribunal in relation to any incident in the next three Redbacks WSBL games.
The tribunal noted that Ellis pleaded guilty to one charge, was remorseful, apologised after the game and has a clean record in his long service to basketball in WA as a respected player and coach and that the incident was on the lower scale of the charges.The State Basketball League continues to remind teams that player and coach behaviour needs to be at an acceptable level at all times to ensure that all clubs and the league is represented in a positive manner.
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