It’s that time of the week again as we check out what your Hawks are up to during the NBL Off Season. This week we saw some highs & some lows as we head around the globe in our Off Season Report.
First up we will look at Cody Ellis playing in the WA SBL, where his Stirling Senators picked up their second win of the season with an 94-86 victory over the South West Slammers. Cody had a busy day with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in front of the Senators home crowd.
In the SEABL competition Kevin White celebrated his 30th birthday with a 16 point outing in Bendigo’s 78-63 over the Sandringham Sabres. In 29 minutes Kev also racked up 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. In a busy weekend, the Braves had to back up the next night against the Geelong Supercats unfortunately going down 63-74. In another busy night, Whitey backed up with 9 points, 8 Rebounds and 5 Assists.
Still in SEABL and Luke Jamieson had another solid outing for the Mt Gambier Pioneers registering 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks as his team got the better of the Canberra Gunners 106-88. Jamo and the Pioneers are one of only 3 teams in the competition who remain undefeated. The league will now take a week off over the Easter period and give the players a nice rest before heading back into action.
As you may have heard, Angus Glover has had an unfortunate setback this off season while training at the Nike Hoops Summit. While at the prestigious event and showing NBA scouts his great on court skill, the young guard has suffered a serious knee injury which forced him out of the remainder of the event. To his credit he is remaining upbeat and optimistic, ready to take on whatever rehabilitation is needed to get back on court. We wish him all the best in the recovery process and can’t wait for his return to action.
Over to Italy where Rotnei Clarke has had an absolute blinder for VL Pesaro, who broke a 5 game losing streak when they defeated Enel Brindisi 94-93. Rotnei finished with 33 points (7-9 fg, 3-3 3pt, 10-10 Ft) in 44 minutes of action. The win saw VL Pesaro move off the bottom of the Serie A ladder into 15th place, with their next opponent the 14th placed team JuveCaserta. Rotnei’s performance led him to Player of the Week honours in Italy for the first time.
While not as far away as Italy, but still in another country, the duo of Nick Kay & Mitch Norton continue to put in work for the Southland Sharks in the NZ NBL. Playing the Supercity Rangers, who featured Mitch McCarron and Nnanna Egwu of the Cairns Taipans, the boys helped the Sharks to a solid 100-73 win.
Nick had another big game with 20 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. While Mitch tallied 7 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds. Both players field goal percentage was an efficient 60% as they helped the Sharks move into 2nd place on the ladder.
Rhys Martin may not be playing during this off season, but he is continuing to work in the game and help nurture young talent as part of the Illawarra Academy of Sport program. The weekend just gone Rhys took 2 girls and 4 boys who are part of the IAS team to the NSW Clubs Academy Games. The IAS participants joined the South West Sydney Academy of Sport team while Rhys controlled the sidelines.
Some of the boys that were in the team were as young as 11 and playing against opponents at least 4 years older. While they may not have got wins on the board, the experience and confidence they gained from the event will put them in a better place as young athletes of the future. The girls won 4/6 games and narrowly missed out on 3rd place by just 2 points.
Finally AJ Ogilvy has been training the house down in the Snakepit during the break. The All NBL 1st Team member has recently flown to Iran where he will play for the rest of their season. We will keep you up to date with his progress next week.
That wraps up another week of Off Season action, check back in next week as we bring you more of the results and on court success from the team as they continue to ply their trade in between NBL seasons.