Starling-less Rockets Step Up for Win Over Eagles on Road

North Adelaide: 95 | Forestville Eagles: 82

The wintry weather outside did not stop the North Adelaide Rockets and Forestville Eagles from heating up the Wayville Sports Centre in the first leg of the last double header weekend.

Between the two clubs, the Rockets and Eagles totalled 54-points at the end of the first quarter leaving scores tied setting a potential exhilarating contest. The high scoring opening quarter entailed not only physicality but also some dazzling manoeuvres which allowed the eventual trading of baskets and leads throughout. These included an unsuccessful Antonio Garrett and 1 as well as a pretty assist from North Adelaide’s Ray Harding.

Harding’s dish was one of his highlight plays from the fixture as he continued to develop his game on both ends of the floor. Harding finished the night with a game high 23-points (57% FG), 4-rebounds, 4-assists, 4-steals and 2-blocks. One of his 2 blocks demonstrated excellent defensive hustle after turning the ball over.

Although it was not the Raymond Harding show, as there were four other Rockets scoring double digits covering the absence of co-captain Alexander Starling (REST).

The Eagles began the second quarter with two baskets attaining a small lead and continued to keep their visitors scoreless until just under 6:30 remaining. The Rockets missed their opening six attempts and were fortunate the Eagles could not capitalise.

Leading up to the long break, the game margin was no more than 6-points and the Eagles kept the contest tight at the break being down one basket with scores set at 43-45. After what appeared to be an Isolation play by Miller, he dished the ball to Adam Schild who earnt and converted two free throws with 2 seconds on the clock.

Coming out of the big break, both sides again began to trade baskets back and forth giving tying the contest and a slight Rocket lead. Despite this sequence, North Adelaide turned up the heat and built on their small lead of 4 to 13 by three quarter time. North Adelaide outscored their hosts in back-to-back quarters 16-18 and 16-27 (2nd and 3rd). The Rocket like effort from North Adelaide demonstrated their ability to score without Starling on the floor who averages 24-points per game alone.

Heading into the final quarter, the Eagles looked to stage a comeback victory as they were trailing by a small 13-points.

Forestville’s Jake Rios opened the quarter with a basket from the beyond the arc although North Adelaide’s sharpshooter Brad Jonnek replied with his own. Rios totalled 15-points and 2 rebounds which were both below his season averages, although, he dished 6 assists just over 2.5 more than his average.

Despite some poor in game situations, Jonnek flirted with a double-double attaining 17-points and 8 rebounds. Jonnek’s quick hands shooting corresponded defensively by acquiring 2-steals and widening his box score.

The Rockets kept on the accelerator throughout the final term not letting their lead dip below 8-points throughout. Jake Rios continued with his good game finishing an and 1 play cutting the margin to 12 at one stage although it was not enough for the evening. The offensive threat that is Majok Deng appeared to be under control by the Rockets. Deng had what appeared to be a quiet game by his standards recording 18-points and 9-rebounds compared to his season average of 27 and 12.

The superior gameplay by North Adelaide gave them the eventual road victory over the then 5th placed Eagles by 13-points. The win moved the Rockets’ record to 12 and 3 for the season compared to Forestville’s 8 and 7 heading into the final few regular season fixtures.




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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 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 16.38 4 Jo Hill North 14.74 5 Shannon Mckay Norwood 14.67
Average Rebounds
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
13.5
AV REB
Pos Player Team AV REB 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 11.11 3 Jo Hill North 8.68 4 Caroline Burgess Sturt 8.44 5 Hannah Hank Centrals 7.92
Average Assists
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
6.05
AV ASS
Pos Player Team AV ASS 2 Kedeisha Kartinyeri Eastern 4.4 3 Alexandra Green Southern 4.33 4 Jo Hill North 4.11 5 Norrisha Victrum North 4
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
Alex  Wilson
Leader
35.33
3P%
Pos Player Team 3P% 2 Demi Skinner Southern 35.29 3 Shannon Mckay Norwood 34.65 4 Alexandra Green Southern 34.33 5 Jessy Ward Norwood 32.86
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Total Rebounds
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Pos Player Team TR 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 211 3 Jo Hill North 165 4 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 156 5 Caroline Burgess Sturt 152
Total Assists
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Pos Player Team DR 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 179 3 Jo Hill North 115 4 Caroline Burgess Sturt 113 5 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 110
Total Blocks
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Pos Player Team BL 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 33 3 Tayla Corrigan North 29 4 Chelsea Brook Norwood 21
Total Free Throws Made
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Total Steals
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Total Turnovers
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Total Three Points Made
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Total Personal Fouls
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Average Points
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 Samuel Daly Sturt 5.9 3 Patrick Thomas West 5.8 4 Darren Ng Woodville 4.21 5 Jake Rios Forestvill 3.94
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
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Total Personal Fouls
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