RUSSIA: Cameron Gliddon
AFTER another solid NBL season, Cam Gliddon picked up an exciting contract in the Russia’s VTB – bringing the Cairns captain late in their campaign to hope drive them to the playoffs.
Despite only playing a handful of games, Glizzo managed to make it into the record books when he faced fellow Aussie Ryan Broekhoff and the Lokomotiv Kuban yesterday.
Despite a 79-61 loss for the skipper, it made history as the first time two Australians played against each other in the VTB United League!
NEW ZEALAND: Mitch McCarron & Nnanna Egwu
BOTH Mitch McCarron and Nnanna Egwu made their NBL debuts last season, and have headed across the ditch together to play in the NZNBL with the James Blonde Supercity Rangers.
Both made admirable starts to their NBL career, and have continued their chemistry by steering the Rangers to second position on the NZNBL ladder.
Most recently, they overcame a 22-point deficit to take down the Taranaki Mountainairs, with Macca putting up a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds in the 65-62 win.
In the same game, Egwu also had 10 boards and nine points, falling just shy of a double-double he managed in their previous two outings.
The starting centre is currently averaging 13.5 points per game, while leading the NZNBL is blocks with an average of 1.8, and is second in rebounds with a 10.3 average.
McCarron is second in the NZNBL for scoring with an average of 26.8 points per game – just behind Wellington’s Corey Webster with 27.3.
NEW YORK, US: Travis Trice
TRAVIS Trice was on the plane back to the States shortly after being named the Taipans’ MVP, joining the Westchester Knicks for the remainder of the NBA D-League season.
While an ankle injury deterred his second stint with the Knicks, he suited up nine times averaging 21.1 points, 6.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds.
His most notable performance was against the Grand Rapids Drive, where Trice put up the team-high 30 points (11-19 FG) to go with six dimes.
— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) March 31, 2017
While the Knicks finished their season third (19-31) on the Eastern Conference ladder and will not progress to the play-offs, in their last game Trice had a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists against the Long Island Nets.
PERTH: Alex Loughton
ALEX Loughton headed home for the off-season to join the Redbacks in WA’s State Basketball League, joining the Perth team for four games.
The Redbacks went undefeated 4-0 with Loughzy in the line-up, recently defeating the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 103-86.
In his final outing, Loughton had a double-double of 14 points and 10, while team mate Shawn Redhage went for 30.
He will now head to Japan for a family holiday before returning to Cairns.
4 games done, 4-0 and on top of SBL ladder in SBL in WA. Keep rolling @redbacksbasketball and good luck with remainder of season. Definitely a positive environment, keep having fun boys, bring the juice!!! Loughz drops 🎤 @sportsimageryau photo @michaelfarnell87
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CAIRNS: Nathan Jawai & Mark Worthington
WHILE Mark Worthington’s much-needed shoulder surgery was well overdue, Nate Jawai coincidentally had minor shoulder surgery within the same 48 hours.
Jawai strained a ligament late in the season, and while it did not require urgent attention, it did present some minor mobility issues.
Nate will take approximately 4-6 months to recover, while focusing on his community work and keeping busy with Taipans events.
Meanwhile, once fully recovered Wortho will jump back into his role as Head Coach of the Cairns Dolphins in the QBL – with his key signings to be announced in the coming weeks.