Kiwis Abroad

I forgot to mention in my previous posts that Cantabrian Erin Rooney is enjoying a successful time in the French League averaging 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

Last weekend she surpassed these good numbers by producing a stat line that read 14pts/3rebs/7assists/2steals as her club Arras climbed to third on the league table as they beat Union Hainaut 84-68.

Over in Australia the Townsville Fire continue their winning ways but unfortunately the West Coast Waves have prolonged their losing run.

The Fire head the WNBL after proving too good for the Melbourne Boomers winning their 5th straight game 88-75, although the Kiwis were rather quiet. Jillian Harmon had 4pts/4 rebounds but Micaela Cocks, who has been in outstanding form, went scoreless for the Fire.

The West Coast Waves slipped to 4-8 with a disappointing home loss, 83-70, against Canberra Capitals. Toni Edmondson found herself in foul trouble and as a result played just 16 minutes, scoring 8pts (%/8FG) for the Waves.

Over to the men and Steve Adams had a busy week as Oklahoma City Thunder continued their rise up the NBA standing. The Thunder had four games in six days winning on three occasions. Adams was steady rather than spectacular but did enhance his known ability to rile opposition players. This time LA Lakers star Nick Young tried a bit of elbow to the throat treatment on the towering Kiwi centre – the unruffled Adam’s watching on as Young departed to the locker room. Oh, and Adams contributed 9pts/10rebs as the Thunder snuck home 104-103.

In the ANBL the Adelaide 36ers recorded a valuable home win, 90-86 against Perth Wildcats. BJ Anthony had a quiet night recording just 3pts and 3 rebounds.

In Auckland Leon Henry and the Townsville Crocodiles were eventually run down by the table topping Breakers. Henry worked hard but could only manage 4 points, one rebound and a block as the Crocs lost for the third time this season against the Breakers 96-84.

In Greece Rob Loe and his Dramas team are enjoying a short break before resuming games next week

La Bruixa d’Or Manresa having enjoyed a rare success last week were hoping to make it two wins in a row when they visited fellow cellar dwellers Fuenlabrada in Liga Endesa. Both teams had a 2-9 record but surprisingly Manresa were swept aside 90-64. Isaac Fotu was one of the better performers for Manresa adding 9 points to 7 rebounds as they slipped to the foot of the Spanish League.

Just as I was about to hand this week’s award to Erin Rooney, Steven Adams put forward a compelling case for him to retain the gong – Monday afternoon (Sunday in the US) Adam’s reeled off a 12pts/10rebs/2stls/2blks/2assists stats line.  Despite this impressive effort OKC fell 101-99 to the New Orleans Pelicans but Adams retains the silverware!

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