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Kalani Purcell snares 13 steals!

Thirteen steals in one game would be quite an accomplishment for any team but thirteen by a single player could be something of a Queensland State League (QSL) record.

Kalani Purcell posted 21 points, 6 assists and that remarkable number of steals as Southern District Spartans defeated Sunshine Coast Phoenix 107-63 on Saturday.

Sister Natalie Taylor scored all her 15 points (5/8 3PG) from beyond the arc as the Spartans maintain second place on the QSL ladder with an 8-1 record.

Top of the pile are Chevannah Paalvast and Logan Thunder who have won nine games on the bounce.

Paalvast scored 9 points in Thunder’s 97-50 win at USC Rip City and 12 points as the Thunder rolled over Toowoomba 107-29.

It was a mixed weekend for RedCity Roar who beat South West Metro Pirates 60-38 but then went down in a heap against Brisbane Capitals losing 96-55.

Ashleigh Karaitiana filled the stats line against the Pirates amassing 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.

The game against the Capitals was a contest to decide outright third place on the QSL League table. Karaitiana came up with 9 points and 6 rebounds but it was a disappointing performance from the Roar who now have a 6-3 record.

Tom Vodanovich scores 25 points on debut

Tom Vodanovich continued on from where he left off in the Sal’s NBL scoring 25 points on debut for Telstar Hesperange in the Luxembourg League.

The NBL’s Most Valuable Player shot 45% from beyond the three-point arc during the 2020 NBL season. He again demonstrated his improved shooting capability by making 5 from 8 from beyond the arc at the weekend as well as totalling 8 rebounds.

Unfortunately Vodanovich was the only Telstar player in double figures as they were smashed 102-56 at Racing Luxembourg.

Isaac Fotu played 15 minutes for Venezia as they opened their Italian League campaign with a solid 75-67 win against Brindisi.

Nearer home Mika Vukona produced 9 points and 7 rebounds as Southern District Spartans accounted for Sunshine Coast Phoenix 94-79. 

Fellow Tall Black Tyrell Harrison produced 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals as the Spartans remain second on the Queensland State League ladder with a 7-2 record.

40 points haul by Tall Fern Karaitiana

Ashleigh Karaitiana continued her good scoring form in the Queensland State League (QSL) amassing 40 points as RedCity Roar thumped bottom of the table Toowoomba Mountaineers 113-49. The Tall Fern also added 15 rebounds for good measure and now sits second on the QSL rebounding list averaging 12.3 boards per game and is third on the scoring list averaging 24.3 points per game.

2019 Auckland Dream guard Kayla Kiriau scored 9 points and former Canterbury Wildcat Aijah-Liric Siosiua-Pepe tallied 13 points and 8 assists as the Roar improved to 5-2 for the season.

Toowoomba were on the receiving end of a second heavy defeat of the weekend when beaten 109-39 at Southern District Spartans.

The 7-1 Spartans were well served by Natalie Taylor who top scored with 23 points  (8/12FG) and Kalani Purcell who filled the stats line with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.

The Spartans travel to RedCity next Saturday, a game that will have a major bearing on top-four standings, and involve a bunch of Kiwis.

Still unbeaten, with a 7-0 record, are Logan Thunder after an 88-42 obliteration of North Gold Coast Seahawks. Chev Paalvast had a tidy 8 points and 9 rebounds for the top of the table Thunder.

In the Men’s QSL Tall Black Tyrell Harrison helped Southern District Spartans to a convincing 127-74 win against Toowoomba adding 6 rebounds to 16 points.

Another good week for Kiwi’s in Australia

Brayden Inger scored 24 points (10/17FG) but couldn’t prevent Geraldton Buccaneers going down 77-71 to Willetton Tigers in the West Coast Classic State League.

A multiple championship winner with Rangitoto College and North Harbour age-group teams Inger is in his second season with Geraldton having helped the Buccaneers win the State League title in 2019.

Averaging 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game Inger admits he is playing a different role to his high school days.

“It’s been a strange season as I have had to pick up point guard duties which is a lot different to where and how I played during my high school career. It’s definitely opened up a few more opportunities.”

Over on the Australian East Coast Mika Vukona played just 10 minutes as Southern District Spartans slipped to 5-2 in the Queensland State League (QSL) after going down 80-70 to Ipswich Force.

Vukona finished with 3 points and 7 rebounds whilst fellow Tall Black Tyrell Harrison had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The Tall Ferns representatives playing in the QSL all enjoyed success as there are a trio of road wins to report.

Chevannah Paalvast and Logan Thunder are riding high at the top of the QSL ladder as they made it six straight wins in an unbeaten start to the season. Their most recent victory was a comprehensive 98-59 mauling of Brisbane Capitals. Paalvast finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

The Southern District Spartans are hot on the heels of the Thunder. Boasting a 6-1 record they grabbed a 102-78 win at Ipswich Force. Supplying the force for the Spartans were Kalani Purcell who scored a season high 28 points (12/21FG) with Natalie Taylor (23 points) also in good scoring form.

Ashleigh Karaitiana (21 points) top scored for RedCity Roar in their 79-63 win at Sunshine Coast Phoenix. The Roar also had good contributions from Karlene Kingi and Kayla Kiriau. The ‘Double K’s’ scored 9 points apiece with Kingi also grabbing 9 boards.

Tall Ferns in action in QBL

Ashleigh Karairiana has scored 59 points in two games for the RedCity Roar

It’s pleasing to be able to report that some Kiwis are back on the basketball court – the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) got underway a couple of weeks ago. Tall Ferns Natalie Taylor, Ashleigh Karaitiana, Chevannah Paalvast and Kalani Purcell have all been in action.

Kalani Purcell posted a rare triple double (14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) as Southern District Spartans obliterated South West Metro Pirates 124-47 in the opening round. Sister Natalie Taylor chimed in with 27 points for the Spartans.

In another first round game Chevannah Paalvast faced off against Ashleigh Karaitiana as Logan Thunder got the better of RedCity Roar winning 94-81. Both players were in fine form with Paalvast recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the Thunder and Karaitiana top scoring for the Roar with 27 points whilst also corralling 9 rebounds. Former Canterbury Wildcats guard Ajiah-Liric Siosiua-Pepe scored 8 points for RedCity.

On Sunday Southern District Spartans made it two wins from two outings with an 85-78 win against Gold Coast Rollers. Taylor was again in good form scoring 22 points and dishing 5 assists.

RedCity Roar eased back to winning ways with a narrow 85-81 win against Northside Wizards on Saturday. Ashleigh Karaitiana had another big game claiming 11 boards to accompany a game high 32 points.

Kayla Kiriau, who won a WBC championship medal with Auckland Dream last year, chipped in with 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Good day for Kiwi women – Reed, Jillings, Heremaia, Manuirirangi and Manumaleuga all advance.

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Tera Reed made a successful comeback from injury to help propel Virginia Commonwealth to a semi-final showdown with Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings. On a successful day for the Kiwis there were also wins for Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University) and Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

 Below is the schedule for the Kiwi women – see who is playing when in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Conference Championships.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 4 in the States are played Thursday March 5 in NZ

 Results March 6th

 

Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Fordham advanced to the Atlantic 10 semi-finals with a 54-47 win against

Duquesne and now meet VCU. Kendell Heremaia 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists whilst Zara Jillings came off the bench to add a steal, assist and rebound.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Virginia Commonwealth trailed 52-51 with 1:28 to play but eventually prevailed 58-52 to beat Davidson and advance to the Atlantic 10 Conference semi-finals. Tera Reed, having missed the last few games due to injury scored 10 points and collected 4 boards on her return. They meet Fordham and their pair of Kiwis tomorrow.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

#5 ranked Tulane beat #12 Tulsa 67-61 in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut. Kayla Manuirirangi finished with 9 points and 3 rebounds.

Next up (tomorrow) are #4 University of South Florida in the quarter-finals.

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

No Kiwi woman is playing for a higher ranked team than Manumaleuga with Arizona. Arizona beat Cal Berkeley 86-73 in the Pac 12 Tournament and now face #1 Oregon in the semi-final.

March 7th

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University) v Kendell Heremaia and Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

This semi-final match-up is a replay of last year’s Atlantic 10 Conference Grand Final.

Shalae Salmon, Khaedin Taito 7 Kaylee Smiler (Brigham Young University)

Finished 3rd in West Coast Conference regular season with 13-5 record and head straight to the WCC quarter-finalswhere they meet a conference second round winner.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

#5 ranked Tulane take on #4 University of South Florida in the quarter-finals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

Arizona beat Cal Berkeley 86-73 in the Pac 12 Tournament and now face #1 Oregon in the semi-final.

Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Fullerton (8-7) have a Big West Conference regular season ending fixture at home against UC Irvine.

 Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Last Sun Belt Conference regular season game against Georgia State. Currently 6-11 likely needing a win to progress to conference play-offs.

McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Brown face Dartmouth in their final Ivy League fixture. Only the top four teams qualify for play-offs and Brown are well down the league standings.

March 9th

 Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Number three seeded Colgate (11-6) meet #6 Lehigh in the Patriot League quarter-finals. Colgate lost their final three regular season games including a home game against Lehigh.

Joellen How (Wagner College)

No 8 seed Wagner College Seahawks are up against it as they face top-seed Robert Norris University in a Northeast Conference Quarter-Final.

Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions and MWC Tournament runners-up.

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up.

Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team

Zara Jillings (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team

 Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team

Opening Week Wrap – Kiwi Men playing NCAA Div I hoops

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Taki Fahrensohn

Slightly delayed but below is all the Kiwi news and numbers from the first few days of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball.

Catching up with Ben Johnson, University of Portland Assistant Coach , at Schick Secondary Schools Nationals last month he said he was confident Taki Fahrensohn would make an impact this season.

“Taki is now in his third year on the programme and we are looking forward to him having a big year for us. He’s put on about fifteen pounds of good muscle and can really shoot the ball,” said Johnson.

Well Fahrensohn enjoyed a start for Portland in their opening game scoring 7 points and adding 3 rebounds as the Pilots navigated past Willamette 86-36. He followed that with 10 points and 6 rebounds in the loss to USC (76-65) to emphasise the confidence Coach Johnson has in him.

Also starting was UC Riverside and former Palmy North Boys High centre Callum McRae.  He didn’t disappoint filling the stats line with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a bock as the Highlanders won at Nebraska 66-47.

A third starter was Miami’s Sam Waardenburg who came close to a double double as the Canes beat Florida Atlantic 74-60. The former Rangitoto man finished with 9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and a steal.

Yanni Wetzell made every post a winner in his debut game for San Diego State. Having transferred from Vanderbilt the former Westlake big man posted 8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block as San Diego defeated Texas Southern 77-42.

Matt Freeman has also had a change of scenery for his final collegiate year. Freeman has moved from Oklahoma to University of California Santa Barbara and he scored 12 points making 3 from 6 from beyond the arc as the Gauchos fell 77-61 to UCLA Bruins.

Izayah Le’afa scored 9 points for Sacramento State Hornets in a one sided win against Simpson (76-27).

Senior guard Jackson Stent had 7 points and 6 rebounds as Houston Baptist fell 80-72 at Tulsa.

Freshman Kruz Perrott-Hunt has scored his first college points as South Dakota Coyotes carried off the Rainbow Classic trophy in Hawaii after recording three straight wins. Perrott-Hunt had two points and 2 rebounds in the third win (85-82 against Florida A&M) and also had the final say of the game getting a deflection on a shot from a Florida player as he attempted to tie the game as time expired.

Another freshman Max de Geest debuted for Long Beach State in their 74-62 defeat of San Diego. The shooting guard played 4 minutes collecting a rebound in that time but was a standout in his second game notching 13 points (7/3 3PG) in 20 minutes as Lon Beach fell to Stanford

Quinn Clinton and St Mary’s College Gaels coaching staff have decided it best he redshirts this year to overcome some injury problems incurred in pre-season. He will therefore defer his sophomore year until 2020-21.

Better news for Angus McWilliam who has been cleared to play for UC Riverside, alongside Callum McRae, following his transfer from TCU.

 

Kiwi Men in College – NCAA Div III and NAIA

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Below is a list of Kiwi Men playing NCAA Division III College basketball plus those playing National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

NAIA 

Seniors

Joe Cook-Green (Texas Wesleyan University after attending Otago Boys High)

Jordan Hunt (Southern Oregon University out of Hutt Valley High)

Kane Keil (University of Antelope Valley after attending Auckland Grammar School)

Sophomores

Carl Isitt (Central Methodist University after attending Papanui High)

Corey La’aupepe (Menio College after attending St Pat’s Town)

Freshmen

Maxim Stephens (Rocky Mountain College, Montana after attending Hamilton Boys High)

Travis Wright (Florida National University after attending Napier Boys High)

 

NCAA Division III

Seniors

Sam Lees (Whitworth University after attending Middleton Grange School

Liam Wilby (Allegheny College out of Wellington College)

Junior

Harrison Williams (Castleton University, formerly at St Kentigern College)

Sophomores

Will Harrison (St Lawrence University after attending Christ’s College)

Trent Smith (Blackburn College after attending Palmerston North Boys High)

Aidan Phizackerley (Linfield College after attending St Kentigern College)

Harry Wall (Shenandoah University after attending Scots College)

Noah Watson (Muhlenberg College after attending Archbishop Walsh School)

Freshmen

Fletcher Arnold (Knox College after attending Ashburton College)

Ben Reeves (St Joseph’s College after attending Otago Boys High School)

Toni Farnworth makes 250th WNBL appearance in Melbourne Boomers win

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All five Kiwis playing in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) this season appeared in the same game on Sunday in Townsville.

All but one of the five are playing for Melbourne Boomers and it will be the quartet of Penina Davidson, Stella Beck, Toni Farnworth and Kalani Purcell who will be the happiest having inflicted an 80-71 defeat on Micaela Cocks and the Townsville Fire.

The match was a big occasion for veteran wing Toni Farnworth. The Cantabrian, having transferred from Perth Lynx in the off-season was playing her 250th WNBL game and didn’t miss a shot in making seven points as well as adding a pair of assists and rebounds.

Beck and Davidson are also in their inaugural seasons with the Boomers having transferred from Townsville and Adelaide Lightning respectively. Beck had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and a block with Davidson adding 4 points and 2 rebounds.

Purcell, in her third season with the Boomers, didn’t post any points but did claim 4 rebounds, and a brace of steals in the win.

Cocks, the Townsville captain and in her ninth season with the club, had a quiet outing scoring just two points.

Melbourne boast a 4-0 start to the season to head the WNBL table with the Fire languishing last with an 0-4 record.

News on Kiwis playing in Europe

Jillian Harman posted an impressive 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals as Ragusa rounded out the Italian League regular season with a 96-78 victory against Torino. The Tall Ferns forward has been a standout for Ragusa averaging 15.7 points and 8.4 rebounds across 20 games.

Ragusa finished third on the Serie A ladder with a 16-4 record ahead of the play-offs.

2018 Tall Fern Jacinta Beckley is averaging 8.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in her first professional season playing for Ujbuda in the Hungarian League. Ujbuda have struggled this season winning just four of twenty-one games and sitting 11thof 12 teams on the Hungarian League ladder.

Beckley will link up with former Tall Ferns coach Kennedy Kereama at Sunbury Jets in Melbourne when the Hungarian League concludes. The Jets will be looking to defend their Big V League title.

Galatasaray are up to fifth in the Turkish League after defeating Besiktas 93-87. Tai Webster scored 18 points (3/4 3PG) and added 7 rebounds, 4 assists and a couple of steals. Galatasaray have a 12-8 record with seven rounds left in the regular season and a top eight play-off spot appearing likely. Webster is averaging 11.6 points and 4 assists in Turkish League games.

In Germany Isaac Fotu is back on court for Ratiopharm Ulm after a two month injury lay-off. The Tall Blacks forward played just 4 minutes, scoring 3 points, as Ulm beat Crailsheim 99-87. They sit seventh on the German League standings with a 12-11 record – a cluster of four teams are at 12-12 in a congested race for the play-offs.

Max Darling has scored 21 and 17 in consecutive games for Osijek in the Croatian League. In the last outing he added 10 rebounds to his 21 points (6/7FG) for his first double-double of the season. Osijek sit equal 5thon the Croatian Premier League table with a 9-9 record.

Tony Tolovae is enjoying a good season in Norway ahead of his return to the Canterbury Rams. Playing for Gimle BBK Bergen he is averaging 16.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Gimle overcame Baerum 78-64 in the semi-final opener with Tolovae making 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

Maxim Stevens contributed 7 points and 4 rebounds for Kronberg in its 90-76 win against Stuttgart in the German Regional South-West League. The NZ Under 18 representative is averaging 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds for Kronberg.