Sydney Kings import guard Corin Henry (180-PG-88, college: Tarleton St.) has taken out his second National Basketball League Player of the Week award for season 2012/13 after being honoured for his superb Round 10 performance in the iiNet NBL Championship.
Henry turned in a scorcher on Saturday night as the Kings pulled off a stunning upset win over the New Zealand Breakers, 75-62.
The 180cm American thrilled the sell-out crowd at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre by scoring a round-high 29 points, as well as adding five rebounds and three assists. Henry scored 14 fourth-quarter points, including three big three-pointers to help seal the boilover win over the defending Champions.
He made 11-of-21 shots from the field on 52% shooting, including 5-of-9 triples (56%). Making his performance all the more impressive was the fact that it came against last weeks Player of the Week and MVP candidate Cedric Action Jackson of the Breakers.
Perth Wildcats duo Kevin Lisch and Mike Dunigan were also both legitimate candidates for the weekly hardware in Round 10. Import Dunigan impressed on debut for the Wildcats in their 80-68 home win against Wollongong on Friday, scoring 19 points and adding four rebounds and one block. He then added 16 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and one block as the Cats overpowered the Adelaide 36ers 91-85 in overtime on Sunday.
Lisch had 14 points, three rebounds and two assists in Perths win over Wollongong and then helped drive the 36ers to victory against Adelaide. After a slow first half by his own lofty standards, the reigning NBL MVP took the game over at the end of regulation and led Perth to the win in the extra period. He had 18 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist for the match.
Townsville Crocs duo Luke Nevill and Gary Ervin also were legitimate candidates for the Round 10 honours. The giant Nevill had 26 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks, while Ervin added 26 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Crocs recorded their second win of the season with an 85-84 home win over Melbourne.
Other contenders for Player of the Week in Round 10 included Chris Goulding (Melbourne), Daniel Johnson (Adelaide), CJ Bruton (New Zealand), Jonny Flynn (Melbourne) and Oscar Forman (Wollongong).
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No 2016 Olympics for rehabbing Jazz guard Dante Exum - 5 days ago
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Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum(198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Ri... [read more]
Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum (198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Jazz are very pleased with the progress Exum has made in the months following his knee surgery at the end of last summer. Though gaining more international experience might've been good for Exum, the decision to remain in Utah to continue working on his fitness and developing his skill set could be considered a prudent move for him and the Jazz. Skipping out on the Olympics, albeit a tough decision because of personal reasons and national pride, will prevent Exum from being overextended too quickly this summer due to national team duties. "At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training," Exum said via a press release. "It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year. My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country." Exum was recently given the green light to participate in full-contact basketball activities, and he's progressed from playing one-on-one and three-on-three games to game-like five-on-five scrimmages with fellow Jazz players and others, including BYU alum Tyler Haws. Exum had surgery last September on his left knee to repair a torn ACL, which he injured on Aug. 4 while trying to make a move in the paint during an Australian exhibition game against Slovenia. That injury kept him sidelined throughout the 2015-16 season. The Jazz had been very optimistic about the progress Exum made earlier in the offseason after averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie in 2014-15 after being picked fifth overall in the 2014 draft. Ironically, the Melbourne, Australia, native became just the 10th rookie in Jazz history to appear in all 82 games. Courtesy of: desertnews.com
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) tabbed 25-year old New Zealander forward Robert Loe (211-111kg-91, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Scooore League. In 27 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Loe played at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 2014-15 season. Among other achievements his team won Atlantic 10 Regular Seaso... [read more]
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) tabbed 25-year old New Zealander forward Robert Loe (211-111kg-91, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Scooore League. In 27 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Loe played at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 2014-15 season. Among other achievements his team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Loe received also Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Honorable Mention award back in 2009 at his college time. Loe represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 2 games: 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg. Loe has played also professionally in New Zealand (Northside). He attended Saint Louis University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Loe is described as:
A big bodied PF who can easily spend time in the 5 position too. Has good offensive skills with a great shooting touch.
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