THE Queensland Basketball League season began in Cairns this weekend, with the Marlins hosting the Townsville Heat for the first game of the year.
Taipans Alex Loughton, Damon Heuir and DP’s Anthony Fisher and Tevin Jackson were standouts in the Marlins line-up, all putting up double figures to secure the 88-70 victory.
Heuir, after leading the Marlins to the 2016 Championship, was back at his very best, scoring the game-high 29 points to go with five assists, while Loughton also made his return.
Loughzy is the injury replacement for Stephen Weigh, and after a short undefeated stint in WA’s SBL, managed a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Development player Anthony Fisher made a statement with 15 points (7-11 FG) eight rebounds and five boards, while Tevin Jackson also chipped in 16 points.
Meanwhile, the efforts from the Taipans across the ditch were not enough to get the SuperCity Rangers over the line against the Taylor Hawks.
The Rangers, currently fourth on the NZNBL (4-4) fell 95-101 on Friday, despite an impressive 31-point performance from Mitch McCarron.
Macca is currently second in the League for scoring (averaging 24.4 per game) and also registered seven rebounds and five assists in the loss. He also leads the League is steals, with 2.3 per game.
Egwu, after announcing that he will be returning to Cairns, put up a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards. He is currently fourth in the League for rebounds (averaging 8.4 per game) and leads the League in total o-boards with 39 (ahead of Illawarra’s Nick Kay, with 33).
Macca and Nnanna are heading towards the pointy end of the 14-week NZNBL season with the Rangers and face the Taranaki Mountainairs tonight at 5:00pm AEST to tip-off Round 8. Watch the live stream via nzherald.co.nz or the NBL TV app.
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