Written by Eric McAlister. Photos by JDR Creative.
The men won a thriller last week in Brisbane, as captain Izzy Tueta nailed a jump shot with four seconds left to put the men ahead by two points. An end of clock three point attempt by Brisbane missed the mark as the men rallied for their third win of the season.
Izzy Tueta finished the game with 30 points in a very efficient outing while Kouat Noi added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the men. A strong defensive outing for the men was the key in this one as the Brisbane Capitals did a great job of slowing the strong Rip City offense down. A good sign for the men as they continue to find different ways to win, something that could prove to be an important trait later in the season.
This weekend they face off against two very talented northern teams. Friday night the men will get their crack at the Rockhampton Rockets who boast a plethora of weapons on the offensive end.
Led by Perth Wildcat Todd Blanchfield (25 ppg) the men will have to be locked in
defensively. Brisbane Bullet, Isaiah Moss (23 ppg), Kai Woodfall (15 ppg), Damian Prgomet
(18ppg) and former SE Melbourne Phoenix wing Kendall Stephens also round out the Rockets scoring punch.
In a difficult place to play, the men will have to make a concerted effort to slow down the power punch that is the Rockets offensive attack.
On Saturday night, the men head to Mackay in a rematch of the semifinals matchup from last season. The Meteors are led once again by Adelaide 36er’s forward Emmanuel Malou who is accompanied by brother Kyrin Galloway (NZ Breakers) and Jayline alloway (Sydney Kings.)
Sydney King teammate, Biwali Bayles runs the show for the Meteors and has been nothing short of impressive in his first season in Mackay. With a strong supporting cast, the weekend is shaping up to be a great test for the men as they continue their journey forward.
The good news for the men— their own infusion of talent, as Wani Swaka Lo Buluk will make
his Rip City debut on the road trip north. The champion Sydney King (now Illawarra Hawk) will
be a great defensive impact and use his elite ability to get to the basket to bolster an already
strong offensive attack for Rip.
You can catch both games on the NBL1 live stream at nbl1.com.au
Rip City are looking forward to the first home game on the 11th June vs Southern District Spartans.
The finals will be played in August-September after a 15-round regular season.
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