Written by Eric McAlister. Photos by JDR Creative.
The Rip men came away with another win to further solidify their strong season with a 12 point win over the short-handed North Gold Coast Seahawks. I
saih Tueta finished with 26 points on the night while Eric McAlister added 22 points, making 6 three pointers. Kouat Noi continued his dominance on the glass, finishing with 12 rebounds and a club record of 24 rebounds on the night.
The men will set their sights on a big weekend as they face off against Southwest Metro and Darwin in a big double header with major ladder implications.
Saturday night the men will head to Southwest in a clash with the Pirates. Long time NBLer Brendan Teys leads the Pirates with 17 points per game while import guard Taylor Young averages 12 points per game.
Zac Carter comes in averaging just under ten points per game to round out the scoring for Southwest.
The men will look to exploit the lack of size the pirates posses and punch the ball inside early and often.
They will need to improve on the defensive
end as the Pirates will use their speed to attack early and often.
Sunday night is shaping up to be a huge game between the Salties and Rip.
Both teams come into the weekend tied for a league best four losses as they sit atop the ladder with both Mackay and Gold Coast who are also sitting on four losses.
The men will have the opportunity to jump ahead of the Salties who have produced a very strong inaugural season in the NBL1
North. Makuach Maluach comes in averaging 24 points per game, followed by former Rip City import Jerron Jamerson at 19 points per game.
Adelaide 36er’s guard Tad Dufelmeier comes in also averaging 19 points per game while long time NBL stalwart Nate Jawai comes in
averaging 10 points per game.
A well balanced and aggressive approach has the Salties as one of the strong contenders for a championship.
The men will need to be focused on the
defensive end and efficient on the offensive end as they look to come away with a big win.
Both Saturday and Sunday’s games can be streamed on the NBL1 website or seen at Hibiscus Stadium and USC Stadium this weekend.