It’s time to check around the leagues and see how some of last seasons squad have been fairing during the off season.
We start in China where Michael Holyfield is plying his trade in the Chinese NBL. It was a mixed bag of results for the team, but Big Mike was a consistent presence down low for his team registering some big stat lines.
In his sides 121-111 win over Jiangsu, he tallied 14 points, 24 rebounds and 3 blocks
Next up they took on Luoyang who feature the league leading scorer Russ Smith. Mike was big inside recording 19 points, 20 rebounds, and 2 blocks in his sides 99-108 loss.
The games come thick and fast in this league, and his next game wasn’t far away. With fellow import, and team leading scorer, Marquis Weddle missing this game, Big Mike stepped up and registered an impressive stat line of 35 points, 27 rebounds, and 2 blocks in his sides 101 – 72 win over bottom placed Dongbu.
Beijing are currently 10th in the league with a 3-4 win/loss record while Mike is currently leading the league with 22.2 rebounds per game.
Cody Ellis and the Stirling Senators are starting to make a late season push up the WA SBL ladder. Another two games, another two wins this past weekend has left the Senators in equal 4th position (5th based on %).
First up was a game against Lakeside Lightning and a solid 98-85 win. With Cody contributing 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Next up was a Sunday afternoon clash with Perth Redbacks who were missing Shawn Redhage for this clash. As we have seen throughout the season, it was an all-round effort from Cody as he picked up 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 asssists, and 4 steals as his side went on with the 90-80 victory.
Cody is currently in the WA SBL top 8 for total blocks (4th) and steals (8th) on the season
Next up for the Senators is a clash with the Southwest Slammers who sit just above them on %’s. The winner set to take ownership of outright 4th place.
To the SEABL competition where Luke Jamieson continues to play a pivotal role for the Mt Gambier Pioneers. Currently leading the competition with a 13-2 win/loss record, it was another victory for them this past weekend, this time accounting for Nunawading Spectres 92-81.
Shooting 4/5 inside the 3 point arc, Jamo finished with 14 points in the contest. He also added 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals for the game.
Luke is currently 4th in the league in blocked shots for the season
Nick Kay was in the China with the NBL All Australian team. While some of the decision making may have been questionable, the Rob Beveridge led side can hold their heads high in the way they conducted themselves. Going down 2-1 in the series, make sure you check out Bevos Blog (Parts 1 & 2) for more details.
Nick played solidly in all three games which looked to be very physical in how they were played. He contributed 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in the game 2 loss. Then added 10 points, 4 Rebounds, 2 Assists.
That’s it for another week around the leagues, check back next week for more details about how some of last seasons squad are doing this off season.