Men drop to the bottom of ladder

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Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times
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The Printsync South West Slammers men’s side has suffered its fourth consecutive loss of the season after it was soundly beaten 97-48 by the Joondalup Wolves at HBF Stadium on Sunday.

Only two Slammers were able to reach double figures for the match with Justin Reynolds scoring 13 points while Michael Lay added 10.

This is compared to four Wolves players who managed to score 10 points or more with Benjamin Gaspar top-scoring for the match with 16 points.

Jalen Billups, Jordan Wellsteed and Robert Huntington also contributed with 15, 13 and 11 points respectively for the Wolves.

Reynolds had equal game-high rebounds with eight, seven of which were defensive, while Gaspar also managed eight boards including five offensive rebounds.

Turnovers hurt the Slammers as they lost the ball 19 times compared to nine from the Wolves.

Joondalup also managed twice as many steals as the Slammers with a total of 12 for the game.

Shooting accuracy also cost the Slammers, especially from beyond the arc where they managed to hit only two shots from 20 attempts.

This is compared to the 16 three-pointers from the Wolves at 43 per cent accuracy.

The Slammers managed to hit six shots from the free-throw line from 17 attempts compared to 11 from 15 by the Wolves.

Thomas Harper and Travis Vogel were the only Slammers to record a field goal percentage of 50 per cent or higher.

While Reynolds was the top scorer for the South West side, he managed to hit only 26 per cent of his field goal attempts and missed all four three-point shots.

This is compared to Gaspar who recorded 100 per cent from the field and 75 per cent from the free-throw line.

Joondalup’s teamwork was on show with a total of 27 assists compared to 12 from the Slammers and the Wolves also doubled the number of blocks with six.

While the Slammers recorded an equal number of offensive rebounds to the Wolves with 13 apiece, they were beaten in terms of defensive rebounds 36-27.

The loss saw the Slammers drop to the bottom of the SBL ladder below the Goldfields Giants who are the only other team to have not won a game this season.

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