It was a clash of the Kiwis in the Australian WNBL as the West Coast Waves visited the Townsville Fire on Saturday night in northern Queensland.
The home side feature Tall Ferns Micaela Cocks and Jillian Harmon and the visitors from Perth are coached by Kennedy Kereama and have guard Toni Edmondson as one of their starters.
Both teams have started the season well however the Waves were unable to douse the Fire who built on a 35-23 half time advantage to eventually run away with the game 83-46. The Fire move to the top of the WNBL ladder with a 6-2 record.
Cocks led al scoring with 21 points including an impressive 5 from 7 threes and Jillian Harmon also had a strong game off the bench with 13 points, 4 boards and 5 assists. Edmondson scored just 2 points, stuttering to 1 from 7 from the field on a night the Waves were more of a ripple.
Rob Loe found it hard going as his club KAO Dramas slipped to third from bottom in the Greek League after being defeated 82-64 by second on the table Olympiacos. Loe had 18 minutes coming off the bench scoring just 4 points (1/5 FG, 2/2 FT’s).
In Spain Isaac Fotu made his professional debut in the Spanish League, he has transferred from CAI Zaragoza to lowly La Bruixa d’Or Manresa for the remainder of the season.
Manresa were downed at home 84-79 by Fiat Joventut Badalona, Fotu playing close to 13 minutes scoring two points and snaring a pair of rebounds.
Leon Henry and BJ Anthony both had a week to forget, their respective clubs Townsville Crocodiles and Adelaide 36ers going a combined 0-4 in round 8 of the NBL
Henry contributed 9pts/ 5 rebounds as the Crocodiles were defeated 90-76 by Wollongong Hawks on Friday night and 8pts/4rebs/1steal/1 block as the Crocs lost the first reptile rumble of the season, 91-82 in Cairns 48 hours later.
BJ Anthony and his Adelaide 36ers team have now lost five on the trot and slipped into the bottom two on the NBL ladder.
Anthony mopped up 6 rebounds and scored 6 points in the 94-91 loss at Melbourne United and contributed 4pts/2 boards in the home loss to Sydney Kings, 90-83.