It was a week of big wins for our players currently plying their trade in the off season and our guys played some starring roles.
First up, arguably the biggest win of the week came from Rotnei Clarke and VL Pesaro. Playing against the top team in the Italian Serie A, EA7 Armani, Rotnei and his side pulled off the upset of the season winning the game 90-79
Last seasons Hawks MVP saw 36 minutes of action and continued his solid shooting form returning 23 points (8/8 FT) and 4 rebounds. His 23 pts included 3 shots from downtown.
Judging from the photos on the internet Rotnei has definitely become a fan favourite with the Pesaro faithful.
Over in Iran and AJ Ogilvy’s side Azad have started the Iranian Superleague Finals. In their first round matchup with Tabriz (who finished 3rd in group 1) AJ has had a couple of big games.
In the 1st game the big centre saw 32 minutes of action and delivered with 18 points (8/8 FT), 15 Rebounds, and 3 blocked shots as his side went on to win 90-74.
The next night saw game 2 played and although his side got the win (89-81), it was a quieter night for AJ. In just 18 minutes of court time he collected 10 rebounds, and 4 points all of which came from the charity stripe.
With not much rest between the games, they went on the road for game 3 with AJ again dominating down low. In 36 minutes of court time he went 9/9 from inside the 3pt line finishing with 27 points, and collecting 10 rebounds but unfortunately his side dropped the game 91-95.
We only had the one player in action in Australia this week as the Stirling Senators picked up their third straight win in the WA State League beating the Goldfield Giants 82-79. Cody Ellis had another big game for the Senators with 21 points, including 4/7 3pt, and 4 rebounds as his side continue to climb up the ladder.
Back in New Zealand where Nick Kay and Mitch Norton helped their side, Southland Sharks, to a massive 30 point win over the Taranaki Mountaineers during the weekend. Nick kept busy with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. While Mitch chipped in 10 points (2/2 3pt) and 6 assists as the side went on to win 97-67 to maintain second place in NZ NBL.
Up next for the Sharks is third place Canterbury Rams and a matchup with Jeremy Kendle.
That’s all for this week, we will be back at the same time next week with a wrap up of all the action from some of our players playing in different leagues around the globe.