Fotu relieved plus season best efforts from Webster, Le’afa and Karena


Isaac Fotu was a relieved man on Sunday as Zaragoza escaped with an overtime win beating Manresa, the bottom club in the Spanish League, 87-77. Fotu, now in his third season in Spain, played for Manresa in his first Liga Endesa season and will have been delighted to gain the victory against his former club – he posted 9 points (4/7FG) and 7 rebounds in 30 minutes of action.

Also in Spain Mike Karena equaled his season best with 23 points at a very efficient 9 from 11 shooting. The Tall Blacks forward added 8 rebounds for good measure as Sammic ISB comfortably disposed of Tarragona, 90-68, in the second tier LEB Silver competition. Sammic remain tied for top spot with a 12-5 record.

In American college action Tai Webster continued his excellent run of form. The combo guard recorded career highs in points (28) and rebounds (9) but couldn’t prevent Nebraska falling 91-85 at Michigan. The combo guard converted 12 from 20 scoring attempts from the field as the Huskers slip to 3-2 in Big Ten Conference play


Jack Salt fouled out in just 18 minutes as Virginia beat Clemson 77-73 and move to 3-2 in Athletic Coast Conference play. Salt has 2 points, 2 rebounds and a block.

Sacramento State had begun 0-3 in Big Sky Conference play but a couple of road wins last week improved their standing. On Friday they beat Southern Utah 88-83 with Izayah Le’afa scoring a season high 16 points (5/7FG). They backed up on Sunday outscoring Northern Arizona 74-62. Le’Afa only scored three points in that one but helped orchestrate the win with 33 minutes of action – he has converted 8 from 10 threes in the last three games.

In the Australia NBL Reuben Te Rangi scored 5 straight points in the third period for Brisbane Bullets against the Breakers. Brisbane looked destined to take the win until Breakers new point guard Kevin Dillard intervened with the last 6 points of the game to snatch an improbable 84-82 victory.


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