It’s time to check in around the stadiums and see how some of our players have been fairing during our off season in this week’s Off Season Report.
Nick Kay and Mitch Norton had a busy weekend, helping lead the Southland Sharks to another two wins, this time over the Taylor Hawks and the Canterbury Rams. In the game against the Hawks, Nick put in a great effort scoring 16 points and bringing down 9 boards. While Mitch delivered 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists as the Sharks came back from a 19 point deficit to beat the Hawks 86-81.
The boys had to back it up a few days later as they hit the road to take on the Rams. With the team only able to suit up 8 players for the game, Mitch and Nick both had another big night out as the side had a convincing 93-79 win. Mitch had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists while Nick contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks as their side continues to hold down 2nd place on the NZ NBL ladder.
To WA now and the Stirling Senators who are captained by Cody Ellis suffered a tough 76-78 loss on the weekend. Cody managed to tally 7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. It appeared to be a tough shooting night for the Senators who as a team were only able to connect on 36% of their shots. Next up for Stirling is a clash with the bottom of the ladder Mandurah Magic.
Luke Jamieson and the Mt Gambier Pioneers travelled to Bendigo to take on the Braves this weekend. It wasn’t the Pioneers night as the Braves shot out of the gates to set up a 36 point half time lead. The Pioneers were unable to peg them back, eventually going down 71-92. Luke was able to put together 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in his time on the court.
Finally AJ Ogilvy and his team are currently entrenched in a tight semi final battle in the Iranian Super League. After 4 games, the series is locked at 2 all with the deciding game being played tonight (16th of May). In game 1, our big centre tallied 26 points and 9 rebounds as his side went down 67-78 to Naft Abadan on the road.
Game 2 and AJ’s Azad team were still on the road and almost snuck away with the win this time suffering an 86-88 defeat. Once again AJ was big in the middle with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Game 3 saw them head back home and record a 98-89 win. AJ had another double double picking up 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Again having to win to avoid elimination in game 4, Azad were able to come away with an 85-74 win. A great result as AJ (2 pts, 4 rebs) was only able to manage 4 minutes in this game as he succumbed to an ankle injury. Testing and scans show its only minor damage but he is questionable to play in the deciding game.
That’s all for this week, we will be back with more next Tuesday.