Harmon a champion in Italy plus other fine performances from Tall Ferns overseas



Jillian Harmon led all scorers with 19 points as Le Mura Lucca beat arch rivals Familia Schio 65-50 on Sunday in front of their home fans to clinch the Italian Championship.

Lucca won the Grand Final series 3-1 clinching the title with a game to spare.

Having split the opening two games at Schio, Lucca capitalised on home court advantage at the weekend winning 74-68 on Friday (Harmon also scored 19 points in that game) before clinching a first championship on Sunday.

The win was sweet revenge for Lucca having lost the 2016 grand final series to the same opponents 3-0.

The Tall Ferns forward has had an outstanding season for Lucca, her second with the club and seventh overall in Italy, averaging 17.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

Her 17.2 points per game placed her third on the Italian League scoring list thi seasob.

Also enjoying great success are Sunbury Jets in the Big V League. The Melbourne club, pioted by Tall Ferns coach Kennedy Kereama, has made a perfect start to the season winning nine straight games. Tall Ferns centre Josie Stockill had a huge double double of 25 points (10/18FG, 4/4FT) and 11 rebounds as the Jets soared past second on the table Knox Raiders 63-48.

After recently getting married Toni Edmondson returned to the court for Perry Lakes Hawks against South West Slammers in the Western Australia State League (SBL). The Hawks were far too good for the Slammers winning 62-37 with Edmondson notching 6 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Like the Sunbury Jets the Hawks are unbeaten in the opening weeks of the season.

Also in WA the Perth Redbacks beat Rockingham Flames 62-37 with forward Lisa Wallbutton producing 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals as the Flames improved to 5-3 in sixth place on the ladder.

Back in Melbourne and Jess Bygate had 10 points and 7 rebounds, including 4 of the offensive variety, as Sandringham Sabres beat Melbourne Tigers 81-59 in the SEABL competition.

Micaela Cocks and Chevannah Paalvast made successful debuts in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) for Mackay Meteorettes. The Meteorettes beat Rockhampton 80-61 and Gladstone 87-49 in a double-header weekend. Cocks averaged 17.5 points and Paalvast 11 points across the two games

It was not such good news for the Tall Blacks in Europe.

Isaac Fotu produced 7 points and 4 rebounds as Zaragoza went down 98-78 to Real Madrid in the Spanish Liga Endesa.

In Turkey Tom Abercrombie has played just one game for Demir IBB in the last six weeks. Signed as injury cover for an American import in March the Breakers swingman has played just six games for Demir who sit 12th on the sixteen team Turkish League ladder.

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