Totally unrelated to any of today’s NBL coverage, but nevertheless an important bit of news that affects Australia’s basketball landscape; Boomers head coach Brett Brown has quit the team.
Brown stepped down from his position as head coach on Monday citing a desire to spend more time with his family in the United States. He compounds his Boomer responsibilities with an assistant coaching position for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs (the NBA season gets underway tomorrow).
Brown coached the Boomers to a quarter-final appearance at this year’s London Olympics where they were helplessly eliminated by the eventual gold medallist US team despite putting in a gutsy effort.
Brown described his time coaching the Australian men’s national team as a “privilege”, but don’t worry, he won’t be breaking ties entirely as Boomers starting point guard Patty Mills is a backup for the Spurs.
Back to the NBL.
The round four game of the week saw the Sydney Kings steal a win from the Cairns Taipans after going in to the matchup as the underdogs and coming off a game two days earlier.
Corin Henry provided the heroics: he stole an errant pass from ex-Wildcat Alex Loughton with 20 seconds remaining and coasted to the ring undeterred to put his Kings in front by a single point.
The diminuative Henry (5'9) had a solid all round game with 13 points, 3 steals, 4 assists while Cam Tragardh (22 points) Cam Gliddon (10 points, 5 rebounds) were also good in the 71-69 win.
New Zealand didn’t have too many problems with Melbourne on Friday night winning 75-64 despite a couple of aggressive comebacks from the Tigers.
Cedric Jackson (19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals) and Thomas Abercrombie (20 points, 5 rebounds) led the way for the Breakers while Seth Scott (25 points, 10 rebounds, 7 turnovers), Chris Goulding and Adam Ballinger (15 apiece) did their best for Melbourne.
Sydney also played Friday night for the back-to-back round (Perth had a week off) and got past the Townsville Crocodiles in another close affair.
Gary Ervin (16 points) led the Crocs, but it wasn’t enough to best the effort of King’s Aaron Bruce (25 points at 77 per cent from the field), Ben Madgen (23 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) and Henry (18 points).
Wollongong cruised past the Adelaide 36ers 77-63 on Sunday to finish off the round with Dominican point guard Adris Deleon scoring 23 points on 86 per cent shooting to finish and seven assists.
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