It’s been another busy week for our guys during the NBL Off Season and despite varying levels of success there were still some great results.
We will start the week checking in on one of our development players from last season, Luke Jamieson who is down in Mt Gambier playing in the SEABL competition. The Pioneers remain undefeated this season after picking up two more wins this weekend. In their first game against Sandringham, Jamo contributed 6 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal as the team won 89-81. The next night Luke was inserted back into the starting lineup against Nunawading, and he responded with 7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 31 minutes as the Pioneers got home in a tight one 84-81.
Mitch Norton and Nick Kay continued to help the Southland Sharks maintain second place in the NZ NBL in a hard fought win over the Canterbury Rams. Norton lead the Sharks to a 32-19 quarter time lead, and tallied 8 of his 14 points in the opening term. The Sharks were able to maintain their lead at halftime but went into the final term all tied at 77. The Southland side were able to hold off the fast finishing Rams to win the game 105-94. Nick Kay finished the game with 10 pts, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while Mitch Contributed 14 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. The Sharks maintain second place with 7 games remaining in the regular season.
In the WA State League, Cody Ellis and the Sterling Senators had their win streak snapped suffering a 87-103 defeat at the hands of the Joondalup Wolves. The competition leading Wolves were just too good for the Senators on the night leading from the outset and showing just why they have appeared in the last two WA SBL grand finals. Cody battled hard and was able to pick up 9 points (3 3pt fg), 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Despite the loss the Senators still sit in 5th place in the league.
Rotnei Clarke played his last game in the Italian Serie A for this season, as his side VL Pesaro were unable to come away with the win against Betaland CDO, losing 88-98. Rotnei managed to tally 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals for his team. Fortunately for Pesaro fans, the team avoided relegation to the Serie A2 and will battle in the main competition again next season with significant help from our club MVP.
Our last stop this week is over in Iran where AJ Ogilvy and his side Azad University Tehran have secured a spot in the Iranian Superleague Semi Finals winning their best of 5 series 3-1 over Shahrdary Tabriz. An 89-77 road win saw his side receive a well earned rest between series as they prepare to face Shahrdary Arak in the next round. AJ produced another Double-Double for his side as he tallied 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in 33 minutes of action.
That’s all we have for this week, we will check back in the same time next week and keep you up to date with how your Hawks are fairing during the off season.