Recap of some excellent performances by Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns last week

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Jarrod Kenny

Jarrod Kenny put in a terrific shift for Perth Wildcats but couldn’t prevent the undermanned NBL champions going down 92-86 at Adelaide in overtime. The Tall Blacks point guard scored a season high 15 points, added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in addition to putting in outstanding defensive shift on 36ers star Jerome Randle.

The best double of the week was put together by Kalani Purcell at the Maui Invitational tournament. The air in Hawaii was obviously to her liking as she excelled with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists as BYU Cougars dismissed University of Nevada, Las Vegas 63-54 on Saturday. On Sunday she was equally dominant, even though the Cougars went down 65-56 to Oregon State, scoring 21 points and corralling 10 rebounds.

Tai Webster put another fine double together. He was not quite at his best as Nebraska went down in a tight one 60-58 against Clemson. However the shooting guard was still good enough to register 12 points and 4 rebounds. Webster has double figures in all 8 of Nebraska’s games following 12 points, plus a career high 9 assists, in the 73-61 win against South Dakota.

 Tessa Boagni put on a fine shooting display as Cal State Northridge accounted for Northern Arizona 83-79. The Tall Ferns centre was 7 from 10 from the field including 3 from 5 threes. She also added 7 rebounds and a brace of steals in a commanding performance for the Matadors.

Stella Beck also had a good shooting night as St Mary’s Gaels improved to 3-4 after overcoming Cal Poly 79-71. Beck shot 7 from 10 from the floor for a team high 17 points to go with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.

The numbers don’t do him justice – Jack Salt played a significant role in helping Virginia come from behind to beat Ohio State 63-61 last Thursday. Salt had just 2 points but was extremely active at the defensive end claiming 6 boards, a block and a steal whilst also affecting the rhythm of Ohio’s offence with his presence in the paint.

Mate v Mate

 There was a double dose of mate v mate in Perth last week.

 On Thursday Jarrod Kenny contributed 9 points and a trio of assists and rebounds as Perth slipped to a third straight loss 90-75, against Reuben Te Rangi’s Brisbane Bullets in the NBL. Te Rangi, playing some solid defence, had 2 points and 2 rebounds in 13 minutes for the top of the table Bullets

 The following day Perth Lynx got the better of Townsville Fire for the second time in seven days to clinch the head to head 2-1 after winning 80-73.

The match pitched Tall Fern v Tall Ferns as Toni Edmondson gained bragging rights over Micaela Cocks and Chevannah Paalvast. Paalvast, playing significant minutes for the first game in a while, and Cocks both posted 9 points for the Fire whilst Edmondson went 6p/1r/4a/2st/1b for the Lynx

In Europe

 Jillian Harmon collected 5 rebounds and a steal to compliment 12 points as Le Murra Lucca moved to the top of the Italian League. Lucca defeated the previously unbeaten Familia Schio 61-53

Zaragoza got an unexpected win defeating second on the table Valladolid 71-59 in Spanish League action. Isaac Fotu came off the bench to register 5 points, 8 rebounds and a block as Zaragoza improve to 4-6.

Mike Karena led Sammic ISB in points (17) and rebounds (9) but they slipped to a second straight loss in the Spanish LEB Silver league.

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