A number of Kiwi international players are prospering in overseas leagues; Lacey Lowdown has a quick look at their latest performances.
Rob Loe is averaging 9.3ppg and 5.3rpg for KAO Dramas in the Greek League. In his first professional assignment since graduating from St Louis University, Loe has started in all but one of the games this season.
In their latest game Dramas (2-5) visited Greek basketball powerhouse and league leaders Panathinaikos (6-0). Disappointingly the game was rather one sided, Dramos going down 86-55. You could say Dramos got slaughtered – American point guard AJ Slaughter top scored for Panathinaikos with 28 points
Loe can hold his head high getting a sniff of a double double with 8pts and 9 rebounds.
Isaac Fotu has been presented with his favoured number 42 singlet by his Spanish club CAI Zaragoza but is yet to take the court. Zaragoza (5-3) accounted for Tuenti Mobile Students (2-6) on Sunday, 82-72 and moved to 5th on the Spanish League ladder.
Flying under the radar in New Zealand is the Australian WNBL which features NZ head coach Kennedy Kereama and a number of Tall Ferns players.
Kereama coaches the Perth based West Coast Waves, a team that won only four games last season but have already equaled that number this campaign. The Waves latest triumph was a 79-77 victory against Sydney University (5-2) the team that was leading the league prior to the game. The win improved the Waves record to 4-3.
Cantabrian Toni Edmondson contributed 9pts/3rebs/3 assists against Sydney and is averaging 6.9ppg.
It wasn’t such good news for fellow Tall Ferns Micaela Cocks and Jillian Harmon who both play for Townsville Fire. Townsville (5-2), second on the WNBL ladder, slipped up against Bendigo (6-2) losing 78-75 in overtime.
Cocks contributed 12 points against Bendigo including 2 from 2 triples and Harmon came off the bench to add 4 points and 4 rebounds.