SPORT IN BRIEF

Basketball brilliance

PENRITH'S senior representative basketball teams grabbed a crucial double-header success over the Maitland Mustangs on Saturday, in round 17 of the Waratah Championship League.

The Panthers women travelled north without Australian representative Tahlia Tupaea; Rohanee Cox grabbed 39 points and 15 boards as the Panthers cruised home for a 88-66 win.

The Panthers men were also without their key player Angus Brandt, who was in Canberra with the Australian men's team (Boomers).

Ben Kearins inspired the huge third quarter performance, and Louis Brandt and Jarrod Sorenson kept the momentum strong in the final quarter as the Panthers grabbed a 93-77 win.

Both Penrith teams host the competition-leading Northern Suburbs Bears on August 9 at Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre, with the men's game at 4pm and the women's at 6pm.

Win for the Suns

Blacktown City's pristine Lilys Football Centre suited the visitors Rockdale City Suns just as much as it suited Mark Crittenden's side and it was the Suns who took full advantage, running out 2-0 winners.

Both goals came in the first half and it could be a costly defeat for Blacktown City, who slipped to second in the premiership race, but only on goal difference.

Nikola Taneski opened the scoring early on for the Suns, and doubled their lead thanks to a volley from veteran midfielder Paul Reid.

It sealed an important win for the Suns, who are in fourth place.

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