Slammers hold off Magic

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The Printsync South West Slammers men’s side has their season back on track after handing the Mandurah Magic a 16-point defeat at the Eaton Recreation Centre last night.

In a back-and-forth match, the Slammers jumped out to an early lead and thanks to Mandurah being in foul trouble late in the game, held on to win 87-71.

Defensively, the Slammers were on their game, with Clive Weeden recording two blocks, while Teny Puot and Chris Douglas were excellent in their individual match-ups.

Weeden was the hero for the Slammers, taking on Mandurah centres Taylor Mullenax and Tom Remmerswaal single-handedly for much of the night and keeping them to 18 points between them, while hitting 13 of his own as well as grabbing seven rebounds.

Slammers import Brian Voelkel again fell just short of a triple-double, ending the night with 15 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, while Tre Nichols hit a game-high 30 points, despite being off with his shooting during periods of play.

Voelkel dominated on the boards, allowing Weeden to box Mandurah’s twin towers out and giving him the ability to put the score on the board.

The Slammers took a 12-point lead into the half-time break, but looked as if they would run away with the game.

In stepped Mandurah import Rick Kreklow, who took control of the game and shot with accuracy beyond the arc, hitting five of nine from beyond the arc.

Kreklow led the Magic to within three points mid-way through the last term, but the Slammers again lifted, with Weeden and Douglass working hard on defence.

Nichols and Puot did a great defensive job on Mandurah import William McNeill who was kept to just 17 points.

The Magic were in foul trouble early in the last quarter, which the Slammers took advantage off, as Nichols and Weeden hit pivotal shots from the charity stripe to give the Slammers their second victory of the season.

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