Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Round 10



Mexicali Summer Jam logoThe two games in Round 10 of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam were both decided by the last possession of the game.

Fresh from their senior debuts against the Sydney Kings, Brad Anderson and Yuat Alok were both prominent for Breakers Development against Save Youthtown.

Breakers Development edged the first quarter 31-29 but gave up 32 second quarter points to trail 61-51 to a rampant Youtown at half time.

The guard pairing of Lindsay Tait and Derone Raukawa combined for 24 points for Youthtown at the half, Brad Anderson leading the Breakers reply with 14 points.

The third period was a reversal of the second stanza as the young Academy team, paced by 15 points from Shea Ili, swarmed over Youthtown to take the quarter 34-19. Breakers held the advantage 88-80 with 10 minutes remaining.

It was nip and tuck in the final period as the Boucher/Tait led Youthtown jostled with the Anderson/ Ili inspired Breakers. With 2:18 remaining Boucher gave Youthtown a precious 97-94 lead that was cut to one point by a typically muscular Ili drive.

The Breakers took the lead with their next offence, Jordan Ngatai hitting nothing but net with a long three.

During the remaining 1:13 Youthtown had multiple opportunities to retake the lead but a number of shots rimmed out enabling Breakers Academy to escape with a narrow, exciting win.

Final score:

Breakers Academy 99 – Ili 31, Anderson 25, Alok 17, Ngatai 10

Save Youthtown 97 – Tait 18, Ana Haku 17, Patrich Bolstad 14, Raukawa 13, Boucher 12.

The understrength Mai 88 Sixers took on The Birdmen in the second game of the evening and led 30-21 at quarter time before being overhauled in period two to trail 54-47 at half time. John Harrison and Nick Barrow were in double figures for the Sixers, Rory Fannon and Carl Buck replying in kind for The Birdmen.

The Sixers fought back to tie the scores 63 apiece midway through the third stanza before Buck and Houston O’Riley, playing his first game of the season, restored The Birdmen’s advantage – 75-67 at three-quarter time.

Despite a Tyler Kerlin three and a Harrison put back The Birdmen were still in charge and when Jaylen Gerrand brought up 100 points for them with 1:20 remaining they were six points ahead.

However in the space of 25 seconds Matt Lacey hit a jump shot followed by a triple from a Kerlin assist and all of a sudden the Birdmen were looking anxious.

The Sixers comeback was dealt a big blow with 30 seconds left on the clock, Kerlin picking up a technical foul over a disputed shot clock violation call. Gerrand calmly sunk the resulting free throw and another brace of freebies after the Sixers fouled to stop the clock.

There was still time for the Sixers to have one final possession to tie the game but an inbounds play went askew and the Birdmen celebrated their second win of the season.

Final score:

The Birdmen 105 – Buck 31, Gerrand 22, O’Riley 15, Fannon 12,

Jahlal Ibrahim 12, Karl Noyer 10.

Mai 88 Sixers 101 – Barrow 30, Lacey 26, Harrison 18, Kerlin 16, Thomas Bartlett 10.

The two results mean that the finalists of the 2014/15 Summer Jam are decided with two weeks of the regular season still to be played.

Save Youthtown (8-2) will meet Breakers Development (7-3) in what promises to be an exciting final. The Birdmen (2-8) and Mai 88 Sixers (3-7) are left scrapping for the minor places.

Kiwis Abroad

Basketball - U19 World Champs, New Zealand v Argentina, 2 July 2009


Rob Loe produced a strong showing in the Greek League playing 24 minutes as a starter for KAO Dramos. Loe came close to a double double with 12 points and 9 rebounds but unfortunately Dramos dropped the game 80-76 to Aries Trikalla. Both teams had a 4-9 record prior to the game so it is a game Dramos would have hoped to win.

Jarrod Kenny helped German club Licher Baeren to a comfortable 87-64 victory against Speyer. Kenny again produced good numbers posting 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Licher’s record improves to 6-10 as they begin to climb the South Division of the German B League.

La Bruixa d’Or Manresa improved their record to (5-13) with a commanding 78-59 victory against Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro in the Spanish League. Fotu had a quiet night scoring 2 points and grabbing a couple of rebounds but Aussie teammate AJ Ogilvy produced 16 points and 7 rebounds. Manresa jumps a couple of places to 15th on the league ladder.

On Friday in Australia the Townsville Crocodiles suffered an 85-93 home defeat against the Perth Wildcats. The game went to overtime before the Wildcats secured a 93-85 victory. Leon Henry managed just 2 points and a single rebound.

48 hours later the Crocs travelled to Melbourne to take on United and came away with an upset win. A 9-0 run from the Crocs to open the final quarter was the catalyst for a fine 81-69 road win that seriously jeopardises Melbourne’s chances of making the play-offs.

Unfortunately Henry fouled out in just 10 minutes. Although he didn’t score the Crocs swingman did have three rebounds and three assists.

As reported last week Nick Horvath had joined Sydney Kings on a short-term contract as injury cover for Angus Brandt. Turns out Nick can’t obtain leave from his teaching post in Palmerstone North so his stay with the Kings lasted just 3 games.

The Tall Black did depart on a high note as the Kings dealt to the Sky City Breakers 101-81 on Friday night. Horvath came off the bench to contribute 4 points, 4 rebounds and an assist.

As widely reported Steven Adams snared a stunning 20 rebounds against Washington Wizards early in the week.  On Saturday he produced a steady 9pts/7 rebounds/1 block as OKC went down 103-93 at Atlanta. Remarkably the Hawks have defeated the Thunder in 29 of the last 31 games between the two franchises.

OKC slipped back to a .500 record (22-22) following their defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Unfortunately Adams missed his first game of the season due to a migraine, the Thunder losing 108-98.

In the Australian Women’s National Basketball League Townsville Fire remain two wins clear at the top of the table as the Fire had too much heat for the Flames!

The Fire romped away with a 93-60 win over Sydney University Flames, Jillian Harmon enjoying her highest scoring outing of the season as she cooked up a notable stat line – 20pts/7rebs.2assist/1blk/1steal. Micaela Cocks chipped in with 7 points as Townsville improved their record to 14-3 with 5 games in the regular season remaining.

Unfortunately the West Coast Waves are spiraling in the other direction. They have now lost 11 games on the trot and sit last but one on the eight team table with a 4-14 record. Their most recent defeat was 80-55 at home to the Bendigo Spirit. Toni Edmondson played just 9 minutes and didn’t trouble the scorers.

Erin Rooney emerged in style from a recent scoring slump to contribute 11 points as Arras (11-5) defeated Lyon 78-72 to move to 4th on the French League table. Rooney knocked down 3 from 3 triples on her way to 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Arras should be able to improve their record further next week when they take on last placed Calais.

James Blond Super City Rangers sign Cadee and Garlepp


The Supercity Rangers have announced that their import pairing for the 2015 Bartercard National Basketball League will be Jason Cadee and Tom Garlepp.

The two Australian players are both members of the Sydney Kings and were in Auckland on Friday playing for the Kings against the New Zealand Breakers. They both took a little time out following the game to chat about the upcoming New Zealand season that tips off in April.

Cadee led the NBL in scoring in 2014 and is looking forward to returning to the Rangers for a second season.

“I’m excited, I guess there will be a bit more expectation than last year. I came in a bit late in the season but I loved it last year, the club was awesome, the guys I played with were awesome and I think we can build on that for this season so it’s going to be really exciting.

”Tom Garlepp quipped,  “I’ve heard it’s Jason’s show.”

On a more serious note he added,  “I’ve heard it’s a great club.

I really like our line up more than anything. We’ve got really good floor balance, BJ (Anthony) going down is pretty upsetting but hopefully, by the sound of things, we’ve got the depth to cover it and we should be OK.

“I’m really excited to be playing with Dillon (Boucher). I learnt a lot from watching him play when he was in the Australian League and I’m pretty excited to be able to play on the same team as him, it’s going to be great”.

Cadee and Garlepp, have been teammates prior to this season, they played together for two seasons at Gold Coast between 2010 and 2012, before linking up again at the Sydney Kings.

Cadee enjoys the company and play of the 28-year-old Garlepp.

“I was lucky enough the club asked me if I knew anyone, a big, to play on the team and I immediately thought of Tom straight away. Playing with him in Sydney this year I knew he was keen to play somewhere and experience something different so I’m really pleased to get him across with me.”

Rangers head coach Jeff Green was positively beaming about the signing of the pair.

“I think both of them are going to compliment what we have in the Kiwi line up.

Jason Cadee as a point guard slash shooter in the NZ league is going to be awesome.

Tommy Garlepp can guard anyone, he ends up guarding guards, he guards all sorts of positions and then he can score. He scores inside; he can hit the three so I think he is nice and versatile.

I wanted to get away from the American influence, I think the Australian boys will fit into our way of life better.”

I imagine the Rangers will be playing an up tempo style of basketball?

“Absolutely, they fit exactly what I want to run and I’ve talked to them about how we are going to play and the guys we are surrounding them with, they will fit in perfectly.”

How will the Australians benefit from playing with Dillon Boucher?

“What Dillon does you can’t teach. You can’t teach the skill set that Dillon has and the influence he has on the game. Guys like Garlepp are going to grow.

I think we are going to be really good, a good compliment of Kiwis, the two Aussie boys, it’s going to be an awesome season.”

Is there any news on further signings?

“We need someone to replace BJ, he is a big loss for us. As long as we can find someone to replace BJ in the power forward slot we should be right.”

How are you enjoying getting back into the head coach roll at an NBL club?

“I love it, absolutely love it. I’ve been out for a while though (10 years), a bit rusty.”

Rusty or not Green and the Rangers look to be piecing together a competitive squad. Confirmed signings are Boucher, Cadee, Garlepp and Hayden Allen, with more announcements expected in the near future.

Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam back underway


Following a month long summer recess the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam resumed at Auckland University Sports Centre on Tuesday evening. Continue reading

Kiwis Abroad

Jarrod+Kenny+YjX2va_SHbom Tall Blacks and Hawkes Bay Hawks point guard Jarrod Kenny has recently joined German club Licher Baeren, Kenny played his second game for Licher on Sunday. Kenny flirted with a triple double, 10pts/7rebs/7assists as Licher edged a thrilling 72-71 win at Dragons Rhondorf. Licher play in the German B League that is split geographically into North and South divisions, they currently sit in the bottom half of the South division with a 5-10 record. Continue reading

Cedric Jackson triple double

Cedric Jackson had a triple double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as the Sky City breakers defeated Melbourne United at Vector Arena on Sunday. Continue reading

Kiwis Abroad

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Breakers by Numbers



Below are some numbers from the Breakers exciting 98-91 overtime win against the Wollongong Hawks.


Half a dozen steals by Cedric Jackson equaled his career best.

He also moved to second on the Breakers all time list for steals secured. Dillon Boucher leads the list (289 steals), Jackson is now second with 211, passing Paul Henare, 211. Continue reading

Kiwis Abroad including season ending injury for BJ Anthony


Unfortunately BJ Anthony’s season with the Adelaide 36ers has come to an abrupt end. The Tall Black’s power forward was enjoying an outstanding game against former club the Sky City Breakers before he fell innocuously in mid court, suffering a ruptured Achilles. Anthony had contributed 11 points and 9 rebounds before having to be assisted from the court midway through the final period. To make matters worse for Anthony the 36ers suffered an 84-71 home loss. Continue reading

Abercrombie Flying High into 2015

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