Kirk Penney is enjoying his time back in the Australian NBL with the Illawarra Hawks. This week he helped the Hawks sweep the SKYCITY Breakers for the first time since the 2002-3 season.
On Wednesday, the Hawks, already 2-0 up in the series, disposed of the Breakers 87-69 in Wollongong. The return leg on Sunday at Vector Arena was a much closer affair, the Hawks eventually prevailing 101-96 after double overtime. The 35 year old guard retired in the fourth quarter with a hamstring twinge after having scored 14 points to add to the 36pts, 27pts and 28 points scored in the first three encounters.
That’s 105 points against his former club, the club he still holds the all time scoring record for – 2,517 points.
Elsewhere in the Australian National Basketball League James Blond Super City Rangers forward Tohi Smith Milner made his NBL debut for Melbourne United on Friday. In his first season as a development player Smith-Milner played the last five minutes of United’s convincing 98-68 win over Cairns Taipans knocking down one of two three point attempts to finish with 3 points and a block.
Also on Friday Perth Wildcats easily accounted for Sydney Kings winning 96-68.
Jarrod Kenney, 6p/3r/1a, scored with his only two scoring attempts for Perth (both three’s) and Dion Prewster converted one of two scoring attempts for Sydney.
On Saturday Leon Henry, playing his 50th game for Townsville, scored 7 points and corralled 3 rebounds as Townsville Crocodiles was narrowly defeated 108-103 by the Adelaide 36ers
The Plymouth Raiders took a break from British Basketball League action and will now meet Sheffield Sharks in the last eight of the BBL Trophy after cruising past Essex Leopards 102-60 in their first round game on Friday night.
Duane Bailey scored a season high 25 points for the Raiders and came within a whisker of a double double as he also claimed 9 rebounds.
CAI Zaragoza are struggling towards the bottom of the Spanish League therefore it was not a surprise they were defeated at top of the table Valencia at the weekend. Valencia is undefeated with 16 straight wins but didn’t have it all their own way eventually winning 81-74. Isaac Fotu had 10pts, 6rebs and a block for Zaragoza, now 5-11 for the season.
American College – Men
On Tuesday Nebraska University Cornhuskers won a second straight game as it demolished Minnesota 84-59, the Huskers able to give 14 players court time.
Guard Tai Webster had 9 points (4/8FG), 5 rebounds and 5 assists coming off the bench.
Nebraska continued its winning ways in posting a 78-67 win over Illinois on Saturday.The Huskers (11-8 for the season, 3-3 Big Ten Conference) had four players in double figures, including Webster – 16 points (6/8FG) plus 6 rebounds.
Next up for Nebraska is powerhouse Michigan State on Wednesday. Michigan is ranked No 4 in the country.
Virginia University Cavaliers snapped a two game losing streak on Tuesday defeating number 8 Miami 66-58. Three rebounds and a block in 8 minutes for centre Jack Salt.
Freshman Salt (4pts/1reb), starting for the second successive game, scored the first basket of the game against Florida State on Sunday but the Cavs went down 69-62. The Cavs now have a 2-3 record in the Atlantic Conference.