Kiwis Abroad

images-1The arrival of Kirk Penney at Spanish club Sevilla has had the desired effect. A team high 15 points (3/3 triples) helped Sevilla secure a third consecutive win at the expense of Bilbao, 80-69. Sevilla who were bottom of the table when Penney arrived have climbed to 15th with a 6-15 record.

Unfortunately Isaac Fotu and La Bruixa ‘Or Manresa are heading in the opposite direction. Manresa was defeated at home, 71-64 by Laboral Kutxa, slipping to last place on the 18-team ladder. Fotu played a game high 30 minutes but his 13 points, 7 rebounds effort was not enough to avoid a third consecutive loss for Manresa.

After an outstanding 22 points haul last week Rob Loe was restricted to just a couple of free throws and 3 rebounds as Dramas suffered a 72-64 defeat against PAOK Thessaloniki in the Greek league. Loe picked up four fouls, limiting his playing time to just 9 minutes.

It was a creditable performance from Dramas on the road against the highflying PAOK who are third on the Greek League table with a 12-3 record. Dramas slipped to 12th with a 5-11 record.

Licher Basket ranked 10th in the German B League South Division gained a valuable victory over 7th ranked Schwelm, 72-68 on Sunday. Jarrod Kenny played 21 minutes off the bench for the Bears helping them to their seventh win of the season. Kenny scored 4 points and added a brace of rebounds and assists.

A combination of NBA All Star Week and a hand injury picked up in the game against the LA Clippers last Monday means there isn’t anything to report on Steve Adams other than that he is recuperating.

The Townsville Crocodiles handed the hapless Melbourne United a right royal hiding in their Australian NBL clash on Saturday night. The final score was 105-68 in favour of the Crocodiles who recorded their largest win in 8 seasons.

Once again Leon Henry was active for the Crocs scoring 9 points (4/6FG) and adding 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.

The Australian WNBL regular season title was secure in the hands of the Townsville Fire before they even took the court at the weekend. Second placed Bendigo Spirit slipped to defeat at the Canberra Capitals on Friday night handing the title to Townsville prior to their double-header weekend.

The following day the Fire slipped to a 82-80 defeat at the hands of Sydney Flames who perhaps played with a little more intensity as their play-off hopes were still hanging in the balance.

The Fire trailed by 11 points entering the final quarter and although they closed to within 2 points with 30 seconds to play they were unable to get their hands on the ball again slipping to just their fifth loss of the season.

On Sunday the Fire visited Dandenong Rangers and came away with a hard earned 80-77 overtime win. The game marked Micaela Cock’s 100th appearance for Townsville but unfortunately the Tall Ferns guard was held scoreless for just the second time this season. Fellow Kiwi Jillian Harmon contributed a useful 4pts/6rebounds to the Townsville cause.

The Fire will host the major semi final against Bendigo

The season ended in disappointing fashion for the West Coast Waves as they lost their 15th straight game, 64-61 to Melbourne Boomers.

Having promised so much early in the season, when the Waves won four of their first seven games, the season has been a big let down for Tall Ferns coach Kennedy Kereama and his squad. It remains to be seen if he has a future with the Perth based club. The same can be said for Kiwi guard Toni Edmondson whose form has dipped alarmingly in the back third of the season – she went scoreless on Saturday against the Boomers.

Hopefully Erin Rooney was granted a couple of days leave as the French League had a break from competition this week.

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