Kiwis Abroad

B3XPSClCMAADbZE   Firstly to confirm that unfortunately BJ Anthony’s season with the Adelaide 36ers has come to an end. BJ underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles in Adelaide last week. The extensive recovery period will also mean that Anthony will be unavailable to play for the James Blond Supercity Rangers in the NZNBL in 2015. It wasn’t a great week for our overseas players. Only two wins were recorded in the ten games our players were involved in with very few notable performances to report. Isaac Fotu was the exception; he scored a game high 17 points for La Bruixa d’Or Manresa in their loss at Estudiantes 78-73 in the Spanish League. Fotu shot an impressive 8/9 field goals and added 6 rebounds and 2 assists as he continues to impress in the early stages of his professional career. Manresa (4-12) will have been disappointed to lose to fellow strugglers Estudiantes (6-10). In Greece Rob Loe contributed 7pts/5rebs/3assists/1 block as KAO Dramas came unstuck, 72-68 against Kolossos. Both teams had a 4-7 record entering the contest. Dramas, disappointed not to make the most of home court advantage, slip to 12th in the 14 team competition. On Friday in Australia the Townsville Crocodiles enjoyed a 98-89 victory in Sydney leading the Kings from go to woe. Leon Henry warmed proceedings when he got involved in a heated exchange with Kings guard Daniel Joyce but statistically had a fairly quiet night hitting a wide three for his only score in the game. 48 hours later, on Sunday, the Crocs entertained the Cairns Taipans for the fourth and final edition of the Reptile Rumble this season. Unfortunately the Crocs have been swept 4-0 by the Taipans losing this one 78-73. Henry scored 3 points and added a brace of rebounds and a steal, the loss probably ending Townsville’s (7-13) faint hopes of play off basketball in 2015. Cairns continue to ride high only one win behind the top placed Breakers. In NBA action Steven Adams had a quiet couple of games as the Oklahoma City Thunder was well beaten by the Sacramento Kings 108-83 on Thursday but bounced back to defeat the Utah Jazz 99-94 on Saturday. Adams recorded a combined 5 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in his two outings. In the Australian Womens National Basketball League both Townsville Fire and West Coast Waves suffered defeats. The Fire holds onto top spot despite losing 92-87 to Dandenong Rangers. Micaela Cocks scored 9 points and dished 6 assists, fellow Tall Fern Jillian Harmon added 3 rebounds to 4 points but neither could stop Townsville slipping to their first home loss of the season. The West Coast Waves and their head coach Kennedy Kereama had their second double-header road trip in as many weekends. They were trounced 87-52 by the Canberra Capital on Friday night. Ironically they led 20-18 at the conclusion of the first quarter but were pulverized 69-32 during the next 30 minutes. Toni Edmondson was only able to score a couple of free throws for the Waves. It was much the same story the following night, the Waves being humbled 80-55 by Sydney University, Edmondson scoring 6 points. The Waves have a 4-12 record just one win ahead of the last placed Adelaide Lightning. In France Erin Rooney had a scoreless night for the second game running. Her club Arras entertained the table topping Bourges outfit and found themselves in a big hole at half time trailing 36-23 Arras did close the gap in the second half before eventually losing 65-53. Arras slip to 5th with a 10-4 record in the fourteen teams competition.

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