The Perth Wildcats have smashed the Cairns Taipans 85-66 to make it 10 wins and four losses at the half-way point of the iiNet NBL Championship season.
The game marked big man Matthew Knight's (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Mary) return to the Wildcats line-up after spending five games on the sideline with a calf tear, and he didn't disappoint on return, scoring 13 points and pulling down seven rebounds.
The Wildcats start to the game went a long way to them securing the W', opening proceedings with a 10-0 run, and preventing the Taipans from scoring until half-way through the opening term.
Kevin Lisch was unstoppable for the Wildcats, playing one of his best games of the 2012/13 campaign, scoring a season high 26 points, as well as pulling down four rebounds, giving off two assists and picking up two steals. Jesse Wagstaff once again made a solid contribution with 15 points.
Despite the Wildcats fast start to the game, a few missed open looks allowed the Taipans to keep in touch and by the time the quarter came to an end the Wildcats only held a 16-9 advantage.
The tempo picked up in the second quarter as the game looked like it would turn into a three-point shoot-out with Kevin Lisch and Jesse Wagstaff knocking shots down from long range for the Wildcats.
The Taipans appeared to have enough answers to keep in touch with the Wildcats but the away team managed to get a small break on their opponents when Matt Knight reminded Cairns he was back with six straight points in the paint.
Kevin Lisch also showed why he is the league's reigning MVP in the first half, running rings around the Taipans and scoring 15 early points.
The Wildcats scored 33 points in second term, making it their highest scoring quarter so far this season, beating last week's 29-point first quarter effort against Sydney, and at the main break had a 49-37 lead.
The third quarter saw an even contest between the two-sides but the Wildcats did enough to keep their opponents at bay.
Scoring was coming from Redhage, Hire and Lisch, while Cam Tovey knocked down a three to reach the individual milestone of scoring 500 career points as a Perth Wildcat. The Cats 23-point quarter their equal highest third term for the season.
As the clock counted down, the game was well and truly in the Wildcats' grasp and the lead only continued to grow. The final margin a big 19-point win for Perth.
Wildcats star Kevin Lisch put on a clinic and was thrilled to see his team play so well.
'Cairns is always tough, at their place, I don't care what the record says, so it's a good win for us,' said Lisch.
'I think we are doing a better job at spacing and moving the ball, but at the same time in the second quarter we let them get too many baskets, but it was a good one.'
The MVP enjoyed having Knight back in the paint.
'He makes a big difference, it was good to see him back, I think he had jelly legs missing the one dunk, but it's great to have him back!'
Important for the Wildcats was once again their statistics on the glass, with 18 of their 39 rebounds pulled down on the offensive end.
Their defensive pressure was too much for the Taipans, causing 24 turnovers which led to 26 points, while only allowing Cairns to score seven from their own turnovers.
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) added to their roster 24-year old American (has also Panamanian passport) forward Akil Mitchell (203-106kg-92, college: Virginia). He played last season at Sharks Antibes in French ProA. In 34 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1 [read more]
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) added to their roster 24-year old American (has also Panamanian passport) forward Akil Mitchell (203-106kg-92, college: Virginia). He played last season at Sharks Antibes in French ProA. In 34 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6apg. The previous (14-15) season Mitchell played at another team Rio Grande Valley Vipers in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 49 games he averaged 9.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League this summer. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mitchell's college team won ACC Tournament in 2014. He was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team in 2014. Mitchell represented Panama at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) this year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg. Mitchell has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets). He attended University of Virginia until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.
UCLA Outlasts Brisbane Bullets in Australia, 94-91 - 21 hours ago
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Aaron Holiday (6'1''-G-96) totaled a team-high 17 points to help the UCLA men's basketball team earn a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets before a capacity crowd at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night. Holiday, who made nine of 10 free throws, was one of four Bruins to score in double figures. Bryce Alford (6'3''-G-94) and Isaac Hamilton (6'5''-G-94) each had 16 points, while Ike Ike Anigbogu (6'10''-F/C) registered 13 points and 10 rebounds, including seven offensive bo... [read more]
Aaron Holiday (6'1''-G-96) totaled a team-high 17 points to help the UCLA men's basketball team earn a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets before a capacity crowd at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night. Holiday, who made nine of 10 free throws, was one of four Bruins to score in double figures. Bryce Alford (6'3''-G-94) and Isaac Hamilton (6'5''-G-94) each had 16 points, while Ike Ike Anigbogu (6'10''-F/C) registered 13 points and 10 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Thomas Welsh finished two points shy of a double-double, logging eight points and a team-leading 11 rebounds. Brisbane's Daniel Kickert (6'10''-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) registered a team-high 17 points for the National Basketball League squad that was playing its first preseason game since resurrecting its organization. The Bullets left the NBL in 2008 and will rejoin the league this season. UCLA's win came after some an interesting final sequence. The Bruins led 94-91 after Holiday made a pair of free throws with five seconds to play. Brisbane inbounded the ball and raced down the court before guard Ryan Vines (5'10''-G-91, college: Co.Georgia) heaved a wild desperation three-point shot, but UCLA's Bryce Alford was whistled for the foul. That sent Vines to the free throw line with a chance to even the score. Vines missed each of his first two free throw attempts and appeared to intentionally miss the final shot before UCLA's Ike Anigbogu grabbed the rebound to seal the victory. With Monday night's win, UCLA closed its three-game trip to Australia with two wins and one loss. "This is what we really needed and wanted in a foreign trip," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "Our guys were tested. I'm really glad that we won this last game. Even had we lost, it would have been a really good trip for us. But obviously, I'm glad that our guys got some momentum with this win tonight." Earlier in their overseas trip, the Bruins earned a 123-76 win at Sydney University on Aug. 23 before dropping an 89-84 decision to the Melbourne United of the NBL on Aug. 27. UCLA's three games in Australia will help the team prepare for its preseason practices in October. "We're further ahead with what we want to do offensively and with the basis of what we'd like to do on defense," Coach Alford said. "We'll come home with three games of really good film, particularly with those last two games against Melbourne and Brisbane. Between those two games against pro teams, we will have 80 minutes of really good film to show our guys and break down with one month before our preseason gets started." Monday's victory didn't come easy for UCLA. The host Bullets led throughout much of the first half and entered halftime with a 51-49 cushion, only after Alford nailed a 3-pointer with one second left in the second quarter to trim the gap to two points. In fact, the Bruins trailed by as many as 11 points with 4:18 to pay in the second quarter. The first quarter featured three lead changes before Brisbane claimed a 19-17 lead with 4:46 remaining. The Bullets never trailed until early in the third quarter. Down by a 52-51 margin just 25 seconds into the third quarter, Brisbane used a 6-0 scoring run to lead 57-52 and pushed its cushion to as many as 10 points - 66-56 - with five minutes left in the frame. Ike Anigbogu converted an old-fashioned 3-point play at the 1:07 mark, making the score 71-66 in Brisbane's favor. A basket by Hamilton with one second left in the third followed by another score from Hamilton to open the fourth quarter reduced Brisbane's advantage to 75-73. But the most notable sequence to lift the Bruins came from Bryce Alford and Lonzo Ball. Alford pulled the trigger on a sensational step-back 3-pointer to tie the game, 79-79, with 7:26 remaining and Ball immediately followed with a deep ball of his own, giving UCLA an 82-79 lead. The Bruins never trailed from that point. Brisbane twice tied the contest - at 82-82 and 84-84 - before Ike Anigbogu scored with 4:26 remaining to push UCLA ahead, 86-84. "We didn't play too well in the beginning," Holiday said. "But we started to really dig in during that second half, started to play tougher on defense, and we got going. It's great that we got the win." Holiday's tenacity on both sides of the ball was critical for the Bruins. The sophomore guard stuffed the stat sheet for UCLA, totaling four rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists. "I thought that he was a pitbull," Coach Alford said. "He really competed. With Isaac in some foul trouble there in the second half, I thought that Aaron really fought through, having to play some extended minutes. He did some great things for us at both ends of the floor." Monday's win helped the Bruins cap the basketball portion of their 10-day trip abroad. As for Tuesday, the team's final full day in Australia, the surf and sand is on the team's itinerary. Staying at a hotel adjacent to the shores of the Gold Coast, members of the Bruins' travel party will have opportunities to partake in surfing lessons on Tuesday afternoon. As for the chance of a "surf-off" contest between any coaches or players? "Spending the day at Surfer's Paradise, some of us are trying to get a surf-off going between Alec Wulff and Coach Broussard," Coach Alford joked. "And I can't wait to see that." Courtesy of: uclabruins.com
AZS Koszalin (TBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville). He played this summer at Goldfields Giants in Australian SBL. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.7apg and 3.2spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game. Manigault graduated from Pikeville College in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player. His college teammade it to the MSC Tourna... [read more]
AZS Koszalin (TBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville). He played this summer at Goldfields Giants in Australian SBL. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.7apg and 3.2spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game. Manigault graduated from Pikeville College in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player. His college team made it to the MSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted All-NAIA D1 Player of the Year and All-NAIA D1 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
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