Jack Salt and Tai Webster headlined the performances by Tall Blacks overseas this week.
Salt, having appeared to cement a spot in the Cavaliers starting frame, scored a career high 10 points as Virginia pasted Robert Morris 79-39. Reportedly eight of Jack’s family is heading to LA this week to see the 13th ranked Cavaliers take on University of California, Berkley.
Webster breezed to a team high 17 points but it was not enough as Nebraska Huskers fell 70-62 to Gardner Webb. The Tall Blacks point guard also posted 5 rebounds and 4 assists but will be disappointed with 7 turnovers.
In the ANBL Reuben Te Rangi put in a strong shift for Brisbane Bullets as they headed Melbourne United 100-90 on Saturday. Te Rangi scored 7 points and impressed with his 18 minutes of endeavor at the defensive end matching up on the likes of Chris Goulding and Casper Ware.
In Spain Isaac Fotu converted all four scoring attempts on his way to 8 points and 5 rebounds as Zaragoza improved to 5-7 with a convincing 90-74 victory against Andorra. The win moves Zaragoza up to 10th on the Liga Endesa table.
Sammic ISB slipped to 4th on the lower tier LEB Silver table after a 78-56 thumping by Granada. Mike Karena returned 9 points (4/10FG) to compliment 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Sam Waardenburg has played his last game in New Zealand for a while. One of the standout performers for the Junior Tall Blacks last week in Fiji at the FIBA U18 Oceania Champs Waardenburg had 13 points and 7 rebounds as Breakers Development went down 114-91 in the final of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam on Saturday. The Rangitoto College forward is University of Miami bound on December 28th, we wish him well.