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NBL1 Preview | Seahawks v Rip City

Our teams return home this weekend after spending last weekend in Far North Queensland taking on Townsville and Cairns.

The task was huge for our SmartSkill Seahawks women who would face a pair of Opals bigs across the weekend in Alanna Smith (Townsville) and Cayla George (Cairns).

Coming off her WNBA season, Smith was a huge problem for our team posting a massive line of 44 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals in only 32 minutes of game time to lead Townville to the win, 97-63.

Doniyah Cliney was a standout for our team posting an efficient 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Supported by Katelyn Donovan who would have 14 points off the bench.

Fast forward 24-hours and our team would take on Cairns, who were led by Opal Cayla Georges. George would tally a triple double in the matchup posting 21 points, 22 rebounds and 11 assists. Penina Davidson was also impressive with 21 points of her own to go with 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Cliney again showed her class with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Erin Riley would bounce back from a poor shooting night in Townsville to end up with 19 points including 5-9 from deep.

In the end, Cairns got to win 95-74.

Maddison Rocci. Credit: JDR Creative

Rip enjoyed a home matchup last week against Red City and would come out victors 75-68. Maddison Rocci was excellent for the Rip posting 41 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Arlen supported well with a solid double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Our men opened their weekend in Townsville against the Heat and put on one of the most entertaining games of the season with 200 points scored. Fortunately, our guys scored 103 of them and chalked up a great win.

David Gurney was on fire with a team high 29 points which included 7 long range hits.

Jordan Hunter continued his good form with 25 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks.

Richard Peachey would post 25 first half points for the Heat, however, was contained to 7 in the second half.

With the 4-hour bus trip north under the belt the Marlins were the next port of call for our team.

Aiden Krause Credit: Neale Winter

Our guys would trail by 3 with just under a minute to play, but back-to-back Cairns 3's and then the fouling would see Cairns take the game by 11 points, 90-79.

Jordan Hunter was elite again, posting 23 points and 22 rebounds and would go on to be named the NBL1 North Player of the Week.

Aiden Krause would have arguably his best game of the season scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds.

The Rip men would easily account for Red City 102-82. Kouat Noi, who's enjoying an excellent 2022 campaign posted 28 points and 13 rebounds, supported by veteran Isiah Tueta (23 points) and point guard Verle Williams (16 points).

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