There have been some outstanding performances in the past few days by many of our New Zealand international players plying their trade overseas. Steve Adams in the NBA headlined these performances.
On Thursday Adams helped the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome the LeBron-less Cleveland Cavs 103-94, with 8pts/10rebs/2blocks. The following night his numbers were even better as the Thunder won their fifth straight game. Adams had a double double of 16 points/11 rebounds including a career high 7 offensive boards as OKC defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 111-92.
In the ANBL Benny (BJ) Anthony had an outstanding final quarter as he played a key part in ending the Adelaide 36ers seven game losing streak. The game was in the balance, at three quarter time Adelaide was just ahead 65-63 before Anthony stepped up with 11 final quarter points and 3 rebounds as the 36ers defeated Melbourne United 90-77. The Tall Blacks power forward ended with 12 points on the back of 5 from 5 shooting from the field.
The 36ers had to back up 48 hours later in Perth and were outgunned 97-76 by the Wildcats, still smarting from their defeat against the Breakers on Thursday night. Anthony managed 4 points and 4 rebounds.
Townsville Crocodiles suffered a 77-61 loss in the ‘Reptile Rumble’ going down to the Cairns Taipans on Friday night. Leon Henry went scoreless for the Crocs but did snare 4 rebounds. Next up for Henry and the Crocs are the Breakers next Friday night.
In Europe both Rob Loe and Isaac Fotu had outstanding games for their respective teams.
KAO Dramas (3-7) snapped a three game losing streak in the Greek League recording an 82-76 home win against Apollon Patras (5-6). Loe scored 18 points including 3 from 4 threes and also added 7 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal
In Spain Isaac Fotu was promoted to the starting five at La Bruixa d’Or Manresa. The move paid dividends as the Kiwi forward scored 14 points to help Manresa to just there second win of the season – 78-77 against Valencia. Fotu shot 6/10FG that included three triples from three attempts.
The West Coast Waves slipped to 4-7 in the Australian WNBL after a fourth successive loss. They lost at home 86-77 to Dandenong, guard Toni Edmondson struggling with just 4 points (2/10FG).
Top of the table Townsville Fire (7-2) were much too hot for Dandenong defeating the Rangers 91-57. Micaela Cocks continued her good form producing an outstanding stats line of 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Fellow Tall Fern Jillian Harmon secured 9 rebounds and added 7 points for the Fire.
Harmon was just as prominent in the second game of their double header snaring 10 rebounds to go with 5 points as the Fire burnt the Canberra Capitals 92-81. Cocks was a little quieter with just 7 points but will be highly satisfied that the Fire boast a 9-2 record.
Plenty of outstanding individual performances then with Harmon, Cocks, Anthony, Fotu and Loe all worthy of the Lowdown player of the week gong but hard to go past a player playing in the best league in the world. Hats off to the Steve Adams performance for OKC against the Timberwolves.