It’s that time we take a look around the leagues and see how some of last seasons squad are travelling in our off season report.
A big game in the SEABL competition saw two of the competition’s title favourites go head to head when Mt Gambier Pioneers took on the Ballarat Miners. It was a tight contest at the start, with little separating the two teams before the Pioneers broke away winning the game 100-75. Luke Jamieson had a stellar game for the Pioneers scoring 21 points (10/13 fg), 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
The Pioneers remain in first place in the SEABL competition with a few rounds remaining.
The Stirling Senators were also winners over the weekend picking up two crucial wins as they continue to stay in the WA SBL picture.
Friday night saw them take on the East Perth Eagles, where they recorded a 81-69 victory. Cody Ellis had a solid all round game picking up 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
They backed it up on Sunday with a game against the Goldfield Giants, where they secured their second win of the weekend, 89-73.
Once again Cody was everywhere almost registering a triple double with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists.
The two wins help the Senators move clear in 7th place and tighten their grip on a post season position.
A newcomer to our Off Season Report is Michael Holyfield. Since finishing with the club at the end of the season, “Big Mike” has been in China preparing for their NBL competition. He has appeared in 3 games for his side the Beijing Oriental Bucks since the competition has started.
In the 1st game, a 109-104 victory over Hebei Mike had a big night out recording 24 points, 25 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
His 2nd game was against Fujian and while the team didn’t get the win, going down 113-128, Mike had a bigger game collecting 38 points, 20 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.
His 3rd game was a little less productive. Finishing the game with 16 points and 17 rebounds, with his team going down 97-117 to Henan.
That is all for this week. We will check back in next week with news on Bevo, Nick Kay, and the All Australian teams efforts in China.