Kiwis Abroad

Jarrod+Kenny+YjX2va_SHbom Tall Blacks and Hawkes Bay Hawks point guard Jarrod Kenny has recently joined German club Licher Baeren, Kenny played his second game for Licher on Sunday. Kenny flirted with a triple double, 10pts/7rebs/7assists as Licher edged a thrilling 72-71 win at Dragons Rhondorf. Licher play in the German B League that is split geographically into North and South divisions, they currently sit in the bottom half of the South division with a 5-10 record. Isaac Fotu got to test himself against one of the powerhouses of Spanish Basktball, indeed Spanish sport, when La Bruixa d’Or Manresa (4-13) entertained Real Madrid (13-4). Madrid secured a comfortable 83-66 win but Fotu acquitted himself well scoring 12 points in 20 minutes of court time. Manresa remain 17th (last but one) on the ladder. In Greece Rob Loe would have been hoping for a good outcome when his club KAO Dramas took on AEK Athens in the Greek League on Sunday. Unfortunately Dramas, who now sit 13th in the 14 team League, were defeated 87-79 by fellow strugglers AEK Athens (5-8) to slip to 4-9 for the season. Loe came off the bench for a 3 points, 4 rebounds return. On Friday in Australia the Townsville Crocodiles suffered an 89-81 home defeat at the hands of the Sydney Kings to pretty much end their play off aspirations. Leon Henry scored 4 points and added a brace of rebounds for the Crocs but with a 7-14 record Townsville is 3 wins behind fourth placed Melbourne United with just 7 games remaining. One unexpected name on the Kings team sheet was Nick Horvath. Sydney have lost centre Angus Brandt with a knee injury so Horvath has left the comforts of his home in Palmerston North to take up a short term contract with the Kings. After a five year absence from the League Nick found the going a little tough as he fouled out in just 7 minutes court time having registered 2 points and 2 rebounds. 24 hours later the Tall Blacks centre enjoyed a little more court time, playing 11 minutes, as he shot 1/2FG and secured 3 rebounds. Unfortunately the Kings went down to Cairns Taipans 80-76 on the second leg of the Sunshine Swing. In the NBA the Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back from a 112-101 defeat at Houston against the Rockets to defeat the highflying Golden State Warriors 127-115 on Saturday. The main talking point from the game against the Warriors was a scintillating Russell Westbrook triple double of 17pts/15rebs/17assists. Steven Adams went down heavily on his ankle in the fourth quarter but soldiered on to record 3pts/7rebs/1 assist in 27 minutes on court. Playing their third game in four days the Thunder finally got their seasons record back to .500 with a convincing 127-99 win in Orlando against the Magic. Big Steve found himself in foul trouble and played just 17 minutes, contributing 5 points, 3 rebounds and a block. In the Australian Womens National Basketball League Townsville Fire are two wins clear at the top of the table. The Fire defeated Adelaide 98-75 on Friday, Jillian Harmon putting together an impressive double double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Micaela Cocks was solid with 8 points and 4 assists. Two days later the Fire travelled to Perth and secured a 92-72 victory over a gallant West Coast Waves. Toni Edmondson scored 7 points for the hosts and Cocks replied with the same number for the Fire. Harmon capped a fine weekend double by adding 4 rebounds to 9 points. In France Erin Rooney’s scoring slump continued as Arras (10-5) were defeated 77-60 by 3rd placed Lattes Montpellier. Rooney had 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal but failed to find the basket. Arras remain 5th on the competition ladder

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