North Men Hold Off Late Sturt Push

North Adelaide: 93 | Sturt: 86

With the Premier League season heating up, the battles for the supremacy appear and tensions can fly. This occurred when North Adelaide hosted Sturt in a top of the table clash. Both the Rockets and Sabres were tying on points and only a 2% differential separated them.

A beautiful no look pass by Samuel Daly (4-points and 11 assists) to Jacob Rigoni opened all scores and set the tone for the upcoming contest. Rigoni scored back-to-back baskets to start the night and went on to contribute a great 27-points and 9 rebounds. With the top two teams competing, competitiveness was expected and demonstrated. With only a few points between them throughout the quarter and some lead changes, the Sabres sunk some baskets before quarter time to finish the term up 7. Despite being up 7, the Rockets had momentum coming into the 2nd quarter after Darcy Aistrope had the opportunity for a 4-point play on the buzzer.

Veteran Luke Mapunda showed some good signs of his game early in the 2nd term by scoring the opening basket and soon after dishing an assist to teammate John Wernham. The Sabres continued to try and push their lead out slowly although their largest lead was only 8. The hosts had their own plans and continued to fight back. At the half, the scores were tied at 45 and was not short of emotion.

During the second quarter, words between sides were exchanged and set the tempo for the second half. Soon after the exchange of words, Alexander Starling (27-points, 15 rebounds and 7 steals) received a technical for his troubles following a big dunk.

North Adelaide had control on the scoreboard in the opening four minutes of the third term as they outscored their opponents 16-4 including some big plays by Aric Miller (21-points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists). After their first basket of the quarter, the Sabres recorded 3 consecutive turnovers leaving them on the poor end of a 9-point buffer zone.

In what was a breakout quarter for the Rockets, they pushed their lead out to as much as 12 although had it cut back to 9 by 3 quarter time.

Sturt were only down but not out of the contest heading into the final term, with emotions still potentially high the crowd was in for a great finish. Ray Harding provided some offensive hustle throughout the final term showing signs of his determination to win. After finishing through contact, Adam Schild (3-points and 11 rebounds) couldn’t convert his free throw, although, North Adelaide still led by double digits. With the final siren looming, the Sabres made a late push for a comeback victory cutting the margin to as little as 3. Despite this, the Rockets held on for the 7-point victory.

The win over the Sabres allows the Rockets to gain the top spot 2-points clear of the trailing Southern Tigers and Sturt Sabres. 




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Average Points
2017 Premier League Women
Alex  Wilson
Leader
26.84
AV PTS
Pos Player Team AV PTS 2 Jessica Good Norwood 18.4 3 Ashley Claussen Woodville 17.72 4 Jennifer Monroe Woodville 17.56 5 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 16.38
Average Rebounds
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
13.5
AV REB
Pos Player Team AV REB 2 Jennifer Monroe Woodville 11.17 3 Teonna Campbell South 11.12 4 Alex Wilson Eastern 11.11 5 Jo Hill North 8.68
Average Assists
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
6.05
AV ASS
Pos Player Team AV ASS 2 Ashley Claussen Woodville 4.83 3 Kedeisha Kartinyeri Eastern 4.4 4 Alexandra Green Southern 4.33 5 Jo Hill North 4.11
Free Throw Percentage
2017 Premier League Women
Denelle Fawcett
Leader
87.76
FT%
Pos Player Team FT% 2 Jo Hill North 85.23 3 Jessica Good Norwood 82.68 4 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 81.33 5 Shannon Mckay Norwood 78.26
Three Point Percentage
2017 Premier League Women
Pos Player Team 3P% 2 Ashley Claussen Woodville 35.67 3 Alex Wilson Eastern 35.33 4 Demi Skinner Southern 35.29 5 Shannon Mckay Norwood 34.65
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Pos Player Team DR 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 179 3 Teonna Campbell South 136 4 Jo Hill North 115 5 Caroline Burgess Sturt 113
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2017 Premier League Men
Majok Deng
Leader
26.94
AV PTS
Pos Player Team AV PTS 2 Darrius Oldham West 26.23 3 Aric Miller North 24.2 4 Alexander Starling North 23.47 5 Jerrell Sanders Norwood 18.87
Average Rebounds
2017 Premier League Men
Pos Player Team AV REB 2 Majok Deng Forestvill 12.12 3 David Humphries Centrals 10.9 4 Jerrell Sanders Norwood 8.27 5 Darrius Oldham West 8.18
Average Assists
2017 Premier League Men
Kellen Smith
Leader
6.4
AV ASS
Pos Player Team AV ASS 2 Hamish Staude Southern 6.08 3 Samuel Daly Sturt 5.9 4 Patrick Thomas West 5.8 5 Darren Ng Woodville 4.21
Free Throw Percentage
2017 Premier League Men
Darren Ng
Leader
91.89
FT%
Pos Player Team FT% 2 Lachlan Barker Eastern 84.13 3 Jacob Rigoni Sturt 83.33 4 Darrius Oldham West 82.42 5 Jake Rios Forestvill 80.95
Three Point Percentage
2017 Premier League Men
Pos Player Team 3P% 2 Brad Jonnek North 38.89 3 Tristan Braithwaite West 38.54 4 Nelson Larkins Centrals 36.56 5 Patrick Thomas West 34.78
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