Willetton Tigers claim NBL1 West championship with victory over Joondalup Wolves

Willetton star Alex Sharp capped off golden season tonight by being named the NBL1 West grand ultimate MVP because the Tigers beat Joondalup 65-54.

Sharp received the league’s MVP award final month, was picked within the Australian Opals staff this week and had 13 factors, 15 rebounds and 4 assists within the grand ultimate win.

But the Perth Lynx star stated all she cared about was tasting championship glory.

“It’s been pretty big but all I really want to do is celebrate winning this with the girls. I don’t expect any recognition, I just wanted to win. This win is one of the sweetest ones I’ve had,” Sharp stated.

Hayley Winter savours victory.
Camera IconHayley Winter savours victory. Credit: Michael Farnell

Joondalup began strongly however the Tigers’ means to remain calm after taking the lead through the second quarter was essential.

They led by 13 factors late within the interval however Joondalup stored difficult and tied the scores through the ultimate quarter.

Kayla Steindl was excellent in her ultimate recreation for the Wolves with 16 factors and 15 rebounds, earlier than hobbling from the courtroom late within the match. Nes’eya Parker-Williams scored 9 factors and received eight rebounds.

But Willetton had too many weapons. Des Kelley (16 factors, seven rebounds and three steals) and Samantha Lubcke (13 factors and eight rebounds) have been additionally distinguished within the win.

“Des really lifted the team. She had a great captain’s game and held us together through those momentum swings. I am so proud of her,” Sharp stated.

Des Kelley and Alex Sharp celebrate the win.
Camera IconDes Kelley and Alex Sharp have a good time the win. Credit: Michael Farnell

“It showed our growth as a team across the season. We learnt from our mistakes. We knew there would be momentum shifts across the game but knew we could stop them and get back into our mindset.

“It was all about us doing whatever it took to win for us and as soon as the buzzer went off, it was just an unbelievable feeling.

“This means so much to the club because they’ve invested in juniors and the pathway. This is mostly Willo girls through and through.”

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