It’s time to check the different competitions around the basketball world and see what some of our team have been up to during the off season.
This week we start in New Zealand where Mitch Norton and Nick Kay continue to ply their trade for the Southland Sharks. Currently sitting in 2nd on the NZNBL ladder it was another solid win for the Sharks this week beating the Nelson Giants 95-83. Once again the duo of Mitch and Nick put in solid all round performances with Nick tallying 15 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. While Mitch had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
Luke Jamieson continues to see team success in Mt Gambier in the SEABL competition. One of only 3 teams still undefeated on the season, it was back to back wins for the Pioneers this weekend. In the first win over Dandenong, a move to the bench saw Jamo return a line of 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks in the teams 86-79 win.
He backed this up with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists as they got the better of Ballarat the following night, 86-79. Through 5 games this season, Luke is averaging 12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks per game.
Over in Perth, Cody Ellis had a busy weekend. His Stirling Senators picked up two much needed wins as they look to continue to climb the SBL Ladder. In the first game against the Willeton Tigers, Cody collected 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals & 2 blocks, including a crucial block down the stretch, to help seal a 89-85 victory.
The next game was a double celebration for Cody who turned 27 as his recorded their second straight win, beating Perry Lakes 80-69. Cody tallied 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. We are sure the win helped kick off his birthday celebrations with family.
In Italy and Rotnei Clarke continues to put up good stats. Despite his team going down 83-87 to The Flexx PT, Rotnei was still able to pick up 17 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. His impressive form so far sees him averaging 20.2 points per game, which would be good enough to top the Serie A if he qualified for the games played requirements.
Over in Iran and AJ Ogilvy continues to show how dominant he can be. In his sides 83-61 win over Gorgan, the big centres stat line showed him with 16 points and 11 rebounds in just over 27 minutes. Shooting 5-7 from the field and connecting on all 6 of his free throw attempts, AJ has helped his side secure 2nd place in Group 2 of the Iranian Superleague.
And finally, young gun Angus Glover is currently back at the AIS in Canberra rehabilitating his knee after his recent injury. Following a successful operation, the local youngster is determined to bounce back stronger than ever. With a positive mindset and a strong determination to succeed, we are sure it won’t be too long before we see the talented local out on court getting shots up again.