During the off season, many of our players continue to play in different competitions both locally and overseas. We will try to keep you up to date with how they have fared each week in our weekly 2017 Off Season Report
This week we will start in the domestic competitions and head over to WA where Cody Ellis has returned to play for the Stirling Senators. As some of you may know the Senators are coached by Cody’s Dad and WA Basketball legend Mike Ellis. After resting in the teams 1st round matchup, Cody returned to the floor as they took on the Rockingham Flames. Cody returned 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks but unfortunately the Senators had a narrow 79-81 loss in the game.
Angus Glover has been training down at the Centre of Excellence as he prepares for the Nike Hoops Summit held in Las Vegas beginning in April. During the off season he will be playing for the COE in the SEABL competition, in a team which is comprised of young up and coming talented basketballers. The COE had two games this weekend with Angus recording 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists in a 68-97 loss to Geelong. In their second game over the weekend, he returned 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists while shooting 66% for the game. Unfortunately the team suffered a 64-87 defeat to Nunawading Spectres.
Luke Jamieson returned to Mt Gambier for the second straight year, with the team hoping to go one step further than last season where they were runners up to the Bendigo Braves. Jamo had a hot start to the season as he had a big 1st half tallying 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks before half time against the Albury Bandits. He finished the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks as his team went on to win 87-83.
Last seasons SEABL Champions the Bendigo Braves also had an Illawarra Hawks player suit up for them again, with Kevin White making an appearance for the team he helped lead to the title last season. In a limited role, Kev put on a display tallying 6 points, 6 Assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 0 turnovers in 18 minutes of action. The Braves continued where they left off last season as they had a big 89-57 win over Dandenong.
Over the ditch in the NZ NBL the duo of Mitch Norton and Nick Kay are teaming up again to play for the Southland Sharks. After winning their first game of the season, the Sharks faced up against the Wellington Saints who were lead by Corey Webster. As we have become accustomed to, both Mitch and Nick had all round games. Mitch had a tally of 16 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals while Nick racked up 16 points, 8 rebounds in 4 assists. It just wasn’t enough as the team went down 86-88 in a close game.
Our last player in action this weekend was reigning NBL best 6th man and our club MVP, Rotnei Clarke. Currently having a stint in the Italian league for VL Pesaro, Rotnei had a very efficient game in his second appearance for the team. In a tough 91-97 loss he was able to tally 17 points and 5 assists, he went 3-5 from the 3point line and shot 100% (4-4) from inside the arc.
We will try to keep you updated on how our players are performing during the off season as we get prepared for the upcoming 2017/18 NBL Season.