Webster in action, Loe and Harmon debut

Basketball - U19 World Champs, New Zealand v Argentina, 2 July 2009

Corey Webster wasn’t the only Tall Black venturing on court overseas at the weekend.

Rob Loe, like Webster, a Westlake High School alumni debuted for Limburg United in the Belgium last week. Limburg had a comfortable midweek Belgium cup victory against Houthalen, 100-74, to reach the quarter finals, but went down in their opening league game on Saturday.

Limburg was defeated on the road at Kangoeroes 106-97. United were well in contention at half time trailing by just half a dozen points, 49-43, but fell further behind 80-67 at the three quarter mark and left themselves too much ground to make up.

Loe played 30minutes, accumulated 15 points (7/12FG), 4 rebounds and a block.

Webster, as well documented, is trialing with the New Orleans Pelicans in a bid to secure an NBA contract. He logged just over 8 minutes on Sunday (NZ time) completing 3 assists and securing a rebound.

BJ Anthony and the Plymouth Raiders were without a game this week as was Isaac Fotu. Both players are in action next weekend, Plymouth entertain Newcastle while Zaragoza have a tough season opener travelling to traditional powerhouse Barcelona, last season’s beaten finalists, in the Spanish League.

Over in Australia our Tall Blacks contingent will be in action in the NBL this week all games being shown on SKY.

Leon Henry, fresh from winning the slam dunk competition at the pre season Blitz, will be in the Townsville Crocodiles lineup when they take on the Breakers at Vector Arena next Sunday. Before that the Crocs will entertain Melbourne United on Friday night.

On Saturday Dion Prewster could make his debut for the Sydney Kings when Cairns visit the Kingdome.

Jarrod Kenny may get extended minutes for the Perth Wildcats if Damian Martin fails a fitness test. The Wildcats host Adelaide on Saturday.

Kirk Penney had just a single outing for the Illawarra Hawks at the Blitz but is scheduled to play two games this week. The Hawks are at Cairns on Thursday before returning to Wollongong to take on Melbourne on Sunday.

Tall Fern Jillian Harmon, having won a WNBL title with Townsville Fire earlier this year and a WBC championship with Otago has been lured back to Italy to play for Le Mura Lucca.

Harmon has played five of her six seasons as a professional in Italy.

Lucca has been finalists in the Italian Super Cup for the past two seasons and began their league campaign by visiting Umbertide on Sunday and gave them a 75-37 walloping. Harmon was in fine form accumulating 15 points (5/10FG, 5/7FT), 8 rebounds and a couple of steals. Leading the scoring for Lucca was American Kayla Pedersen (21pts) a former teammate of Harmon at Stanford University.

Next week we will be also be following the fortunes of Tall Ferns playing in Australia. Micaela Cocks and Chevannah Paalvast (both at Townsville Fire), Jess Bygate (Adelaide Lightning) and Toni Edmondson (Perth Lynx) will feature in the WNBL during the 2015-16 season.

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