Written by Eric McAlister. Photos by JDR Creative
The Rip City Men continued a strong push for finals this past weekend securing two wins.
Friday evening the men toppled the Brisbane Capitals 85-76 in a very strong defensive
Australian Boomer Wani Swaka Lo Buluk led the way, firing for 27 points on an
outstanding 7-9 shooting from 3 point range. Kouat Noi added 15 points and 14 rebounds,
while Eric McAlister chipped in with 12 points and Verle Williams filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Junior Riley Cordwell continued to take advantage of his newfound opportunities, adding 8 points on the night.
A strong defensive effort limited
Brisbane to just 37% from the floor and 15 turnovers committed.
Saturday night the men jumped on Red City early and didn’t look back.
The men lead from start to finish in this one, winning by a margin of 20 points.
Kouat Noi led the men with 28 points as Izzy Tueta finished with 23 points and 10 assists on the evening.
Verle Williams continued his stat stuffing play with 16 points, 6 assists and another 5 steal performance.
The men look ahead to face-off with North Gold Coast this weekend.
The 4-10 record is unreflective of the capabilities the Seahawks host.
With 4 NBL players having played for them
at some point this season, the Seahawks have struggled to get everyone out on the floor.
With the resurgence of players, the Seahawks have strung together some good wins as of late. Jack McVeigh leads the Seahawks at 22 points per game with Alex Murdonja scoring 19.
Jordan Hunter has surged in return from injury with 18 points per game including a 28 point, 22 rebound performance over the weekend.
Tamuri Wigness rounds out the talented group with just under 18 points per game. The Seahawks will have a strong offensive punch that the men will need to keep under wraps early.
Look for the men to exploit the Seahawks lack of size outside of big man Jordan Hunter and run early and often in this one.
You can catch the men at Runaway Bay or on the NBL1 stream this Saturday at 8:30.