Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Underway

The Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam tipped off at Youthtown on Tuesday night. The first night was as much about who wasn’t playing as who was, all four teams suffering from the absence of their Breakers contingents on duty in Christchurch.

Youthtown Clique were also without player-coach Lindsay Tait who is still recovering from the hand injury that kept him out of the recent Tall Blacks campaign. However the Clique still proved to be too good for the Birdmen winning a scoring fest 114-108. The Clique were ahead 59-50 at half time and pulled further away in the second half, only a flurry of late points saving the Birdmen from a larger defeat. Brooke Ruscoe contributed 15 points to the Birdmen’s cause but he is fleeing the nest after just one game. Ruscoe has been signed by the Cairns Taipans as a Development player for the upcoming ANBL season and leaves to join up with his new teammates at the weekend.

Final Score;

Youthtown Clique 114 (Dion Prewster 30, Shea Ili 18, Carl Buck 14, Jaylen Gerrand 13).

The Birdmen 108 (Casey Frank 27, Janeiro Seumanu 18, Javaan Mumtaz 17, Ruscoe 15).

The second game was a less free flowing affair, The Flava Flyers edging out to 19-14 first quarter and 35-33 leads over The Block City Brawlers (who thinks of these team names?).

Both teams were putting up plenty of attempts from the perimeter but few were connecting. Houston O’Riley was having a solid game for the Brawlers and a typical tumbling lay up on the three quarter time buzzer eased his team ahead 57-56.

The lead changed hands a few times in the closing minutes. Nick Barrow feeding off a Tyler Kerlin pass followed by an Ana Haku jump shot put the Flyers in the ascendancy 78-74 with three minutes to play. Kael Tarawa reduced the lead to two points before O’Riley took charge in the final minute. Firstly he seized on a Flavour turnover to hit a three then on the next possession drove to the hoop to draw the foul and convert one of two free throws to seal the game.

Final score;

Block City Brawlers 80 (O’Riley 25, Tarawa 14, Niasi Malua 12).

Flava Flyers 78 (Haku 17, Mark Kelly 15, Sam Everitt 12, Kerlin 10).

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