Top four chances hurt

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Clive Weeden.
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The Printsync South West Slammers’ top four hopes took a dent when they suffered a shock three-point loss to the Kalamunda Eastern Suns at the Eaton Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

Despite a fast start, the Slammers were unable to shake off a resilient Suns, who grabbed their sixth win of the season with a 91-88 victory.

The Slammers looked as if they would make light work of the Suns when they began the game with an 11-0 run.

But the visitors soon steadied, with the coaching staff making a number of changes defensively to limit the Slammers’ potent scoring.

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The Slammers would push out to a double-digit lead on a number of occasions, but the Suns would work their way back and were never out of the game.

After half-time the Slammers used some quick transitional offence to stun the Suns, who were unable to defend the quick passing of Brian Voelkel, who fed the likes of Michael Lay and Clive Weeden.

But the Slammers night turned during the third term when Voelkel was ejected from the arena after receiving two technical fouls in the space of a minute.

This forced a structural change for the Slammers, who lost their edge in the rebounds.

This allowed the Suns to gain control and they dominated the final term and claim the win.

Weeden was the best on the court, working hard both offensively and defensively all night.

He finished with a season-high 30 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Weeden was supported by Lay who finished with 21 points in a great game.

Co-captain Tre Nichols was unusually quiet, finishing with 18 points at just 50 per cent from the field.

Teny Puot was also unable to impact the scoreboard, scoring just two points, while Voelkel’s night finished with 17 rebounds.

Suns’ import Courtney Belger top scored for the game with 32 points, while Billy Grey scored nine points and had 11 rebounds.

The Slammers had started the weekend in style 12 hours earlier with a tight two point win over the East Perth Eagles at the Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.

In what was a tight game throughout, the Slammers walked away with a thrilling 92-90 win.

Nichols scored a game-high 26 points and was well-supported by Voelkel, Lay and Chris Douglass, who all put up double-digit points.

Voelkel just missed out on another triple-double, finishing the game with 17 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists.

For the Eagles, Kevin Davis was the best with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

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