Mandurah make great start to SBL finals
Mandurah make great start to SBL finals

Mandurah Magic weren't overawed in their first final for 13 years, beating East Perth Eagles 99-91 at home in the first round of the men's best-of-three State Basketball League quarterfinals on Saturday.

Mandurah were led by star import Taylor Mullenax, who finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds, forward Thomas Remmerswaal (19 points) and veteran Aaron Trahair (18 points).

Tom Jervis was the Eagles' best with 33 points and 18 rebounds while former Wildcat Drew Williamson managed 21 points for the visitors.

The favourites reigned supreme in the other quarterfinals, with the second-placed Lakeside Lightning beating the seventh-placed Goldfields Giants 96-82 in Kalgoorlie.

The Giants produced some fight in the second half, but the Lightning were too good, connecting on five of seven three-point attempts as opposed to the Giants' zero of five.

Guard Luke Payne was the best for Lakeside with a massive 37-point effort, while the Giants were led by former Lightning forward Lordan Franich with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Third-placed Cockburn Cougars registered a 106-74 victory over the seventh-placed Perth Redbacks. The Cougars exploited their height advantage to win the rebound count 68-43.

Cockburn were led to victory by forward Jeremiah Wilson (24 points, 19 rebounds), point guard Grant Davey (21 points) and star import Brian Carlwell with 18 points and 25 rebounds.

Perth also had some dominant players on the court with Blake Bender (19 points), Joel Wagner (18 points) and Jake Burston (14 points) stepping up in the absence of Adrian Majstrovich and Michael Vigor.

Top team Wanneroo Wolves defeated the eighth-placed Kalamunda Eastern Suns 108-99. The Wolves led by as much as 25 points in the last quarter but the home side made a late charge to close the gap.

Wolves import Jordan Wild finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds, while AIS graduate Jackson Hussey had 24 points and Wildcats forward Greg Hire chipped in with 20 points and eight rebounds.

The Eastern Suns were led by imports Greg Palmer (27 points) and Lee Roberts (27 points, eight rebounds), with Justin Brown (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Nebojsha Franich (16 points, 13 rebounds) providing support.

The West Australian

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