A University career high 21 points from Tai Webster, a career high 8 assists from Kirk Penney and a season high 13 rebounds from Steven Adams were highlight performances by three of our overseas Kiwi players this week.
Steven Adams grasped his season high 13 rebounds on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. In winning 103-87 the Thunder improved to 11-6 – Adams also scoring 8 points on the night.
Behind a career-high 21 points from shooting guard Tai Webster, Nebraska took No. 24 Cincinnati to the limit before falling 65-62 at the Barclays Center Classic played in Brooklyn, New York Friday night.
Webster, was spectacular in defeat scoring seven of the Huskers first twelve points, hitting 7-of-12 from the field (2/3 3PG, 5/5 FT) and adding eight rebounds, as Nebraska was in position to upset the Bearcats until the final minutes. The effort was more impressive considering that Webster was under the weather most of Friday and missed the team’s shoot around earlier in the day.
The following day Webster’s 18 points led five Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska shot 60 percent in the second half to post an 82-71 win over Tennessee in the third-place game of the Classic.
Webster, who earned all-tournament honours, after averaging 19.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in Brooklyn, led a balanced attack for Nebraska, which improved to 5-2 on the season with the win.
The eighth round of the NBL began with the game in Illawarra between the Hawks and the Sydney Kings The game was brought to prominence by a Hawks fan pouring some of his beer on visiting Kings guard Marcus Thornton. The incident was captured on SKT TV’s footage and quickly did the rounds on social media.
Despite Josh Childress return Sydney slipped to its eighth defeat of the season losing 96-90. Kings small forward Dion Prewster failed to trouble the scorers but the same could not be said of Kirk Penney who dished a career high 8 assists as well as scoring 24 points (5/14 3PG) for the Hawks.
The game proved to be the last at the helm for Kings coach Damian Cotter who was sacked on Saturday.
Illawarra were also involved in the final game of the round, a completely one sided affair as they blew away the Townsville Crocodiles 108-70. The Hawks raced to a 61-30 half time lead and coasted home. Kirk Penney, taking advantage of the porous Crocs defence, poured in 31 points (12/21FG). Leon Henry collected 4 rebounds for the Crocodiles and also scored a couple of points.
Not the desired result for the Breakers and their posse of Tall Blacks in Perth late Friday night but international colleague Jarrod Kenny would have been delighted with the 86-80 scoreline in favour of the Wildcats. Kenny had a quiet night missing both of the shots he took in 22 minutes of action.
Spanish club Zaragoza fired their coach Joaquin Ruiz Lorente last week but his replacement Andreu Casadevall did not have immediate success as Zaragoza lost 84-76 to fellow Spanish side Valencia in a Eurocup pool C game.
Zaragoza still boast a 4-3 record and sit second in the group and with three games remaining should progress from the group stages. Isaac Fotu scored 8 points on a perfect 3/3 shooting against Valencia.
There was no respite for Zaragoza on Sunday as they hit a brick wall in the shape of Laboral Kutx. Second on the Spanish League table Kutx won comfortably 91-66 to consign Zaragoza to their 7th loss in 8 league games this season. Fotu had 7 points and 8 rebounds in the defeat.
Duane Bailey’s arrival at British Basketball League strugglers Plymouth Raiders has had a positive affect. The Raiders won their second game in three outings since his arrival beating Cheshire Phoenix, on the road, 86-80 on Sunday.
The visitors racked up 30 points in the second period to establish a 17-point advantage at half-time and they were able to see off a late onslaught from Cheshire to pick up their third win of the season and move off the bottom of the table.
Bailey contributed a valuable double double of 12 points (5/8FG) and 13 rebounds.