THE Penrith Pioneer Tavern Panthers men got their first win of the Waratah Championship League competition, beating the Bankstown Bruins 82-67 on Saturday at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre.
The Penrith Davlin Security Panthers women also had a 76-59 win over the Lady Bruins on Saturday night, then fell 71-57 on Sunday afternoon to the Illawarra Hawks in Wollongong.
All four teams playing on Saturday were after their first wins of the season but the main interest was the WCL debut of Sydney Flames WNBL superstar Rohanee Cox in Penrith colours.
There wasn't much cohesion between Cox and her new teammates on Saturday night but Cox was always prepared to look for the ball whenever the Panthers looked like losing the plot.
The Hawks quickly brought the Panthers women back to earth on Sunday, despite their obvious progress from last season.
The home team raced away to a 23-8 lead during the first quarter and after letting Penrith close to 48-45 at the end of the third quarter, powered home in the final term for a 14-point win.
MEN: Penrith Pioneer Tavern Panthers 82 (Louis Brandt 20 points, 12 boards; Sean Albert 14 points; Krenz Carlos 10; Ben Kearins 10) defeated Bankstown Bruins 67.
WOMEN: Penrith Davlin Security Panthers 76 (Rohanee Cox 25 points, 17 boards, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 blocked shot; Tahlia Tupaea 17 points; Taylah Clark 13 points, 13 boards; Ashlea Brennan 9 points) defeated Bankstown Bruins 59; Illawarra Hawks 71 defeated Penrith Davlin Security Panthers 57 (Rohanee Cox 22 points, 17 boards; Tahlia Tupaea 14 points).