NBL1 West: Rockingham Flames claim win over rivals Mandurah Magic

Monday, July 25th, 2022 10:03am

By Monique Welhan

The Rockingham Flames won against rivals Mandurah Magic. PIC: Rockingham Flames/Facebook

The Rockingham Flames men have secured a top two position in the NBL1 West after a 19-point win over rivals Mandurah Magic at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

Despite the absence of key players Marshall Nelson, Greg Hire and Callum Beard, the Flames still proved too strong for the Magic on Friday night. 

Mandurah had won their past two matches coming into the game while the Flames were sitting second with three straight wins.

Devondrick Walker strengthened his MVP claims for Rockingham finishing the night with 29 points and 10 assists.

Captain Ryan Godfrey also starred in the absence of Nelson putting up 23 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Mandurah Magic coach Jamie O'Loughlin said the Flames were just too good.

"They came out of the blocks and shot the lights out and it really put our guys on the back foot," he said.

"To their credit we fought back pretty hard and made a game of it by half time...but I think in the end just the experience of some of their high quality players..."

Dequan Abrom battled hard for Mandurah to finish with 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Meantime, the Mandurah Magic women handed the Flames their fifth straight loss on Friday night (84-64), before backing it up with another win (80-62) over the East Perth Eagles on Saturday.

The Magic men bounced back from their loss to the Flames, beating East Perth 84 to 66.

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