Aussies Abroad: Tolo stars as Nevill posts big numbers

Aussies Abroad: Tolo stars as Nevill posts big numbers

Marianna Tolo was the star as Bourges Basket moved top of the French LFB standings, following an 83-66 win over Landes on Monday. The 24-year-old centre was at her best in the victory, shooting an incredible 9-of-10 from the field on her way to 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Fellow Opal Cayla Francis was again influential off the bench for Nantes in their 101-86 victory over Mondeville in the French LFB competition. The former Logan Thunder forward/centre had 17 points (7-of-10 FG), 5 rebounds and 4 assists as Nantes move up to seventh.

Australian Boomers centre Luke Nevill produced his best performance of the season to guide Taiwan Mobile an 88-75 win over Bank of Taiwan in the Taiwanese SBL competition, moving his team to second on the ladder.

Coming off an impressive Boomers campaign in the Sino-Australia Challenge and FIBA Oceania Championships, Nevill made the move to Asia and has fitted seamlessly into being one of the competitions biggest stars.

The 27-year-old had a season-high 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting to go with 17 rebounds and 3 blocks as Taiwan Mobile improved their record to 7-4.

CCC Polkowice maintained their grip on second place in the Polish PLK standings courtesy of a 76-31 thrashing of winless MKS Konin on Sunday. Jayco Australian Opals veteran Belinda Snell had 13 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in 27 minute as Polkowice improved to their record to 11-3.

Matthew Dellavedova enjoyed some extended court time as the Cleveland Cavaliers split their trip to Florida in NBA action. The Boomers guard had 9 points in 19 minutes in Saturday’s 109-100 win over the Orlando Magic before playing 15 minutes and posting 5 points and 4 rebounds in the 114-107 loss to Miami Heat on Sunday.

Australian Boomers big Andrew Bogut had 9 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks in 27 minutes, but could not stop the Golden State Warriors from dropping their 12th game of the season to the Phoenix Suns 106-102 on Monday.

Bogut had his fourth double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Houston Rockets from recording a 116-112 win on Saturday. Bogut finished with 10 points (5-of-7 FG) and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes, his four consecutive double-digit rebounding game.

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Aron Baynes returned from a minor ankle sprain to post 9 points and 8 rebounds in just 17 minutes as the San Antonio Spurs made light work of the hapless Utah Jazz, recording a 100-84 victory on Sunday.

Boomers teammate Patty Mills also got in on the act, posting 11 points (5-of-7 FG) and 3 rebounds in 17 minutes as the Spurs improved their record to 19-4.

In Spain, Brad Newley’s Gran Canaria returned to winning ways, defeating CAI Zaragoza 58-55 in a low-scoring affair. The two-time Olympian had 9 points in 14 minutes off the bench in the victory, ending a three-game losing streak and moving up to fourth in the ACB standings.

Catch Boomers star Joe Ingles in Euroleague action as his Maccabi Tel-Aviv face Greek giants Panathinaikos LIVE on Eurosport at 6:45am AEDT on Friday.

Jayco Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage had another standout game for Beijing as they held on to second position in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) after a convincing win over Guangdong 82-65 on Saturday.

Cambage had a game-high 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes, while fellow Opals star Lauren Jackson was again impressive as her Heilongjiang team moved to fifth in the standings after a 79-70 win over Yunnan.

The 32-year-old had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks in 39 minutes as her team improved their record to 5-3.

Both players are currently enjoying exceptional seasons in the WCBA, with Jackson ranking in the top 10 for points (#6 in WCBA – 20.6 per game), rebounds (#4 – 9.4), steals (#3 – 2.6) and blocks (#4 – 1). In her second season in the WCBA, Cambage is again one of the most impressive statistical leaders, in the top bracket for points (#3 – 28.5 per game), rebounds (#8 – 6.7) and blocks (#2 – 2).

A monster game from Australian Boomers forward Cameron Bairstow could not halt his New Mexico team from suffering their second defeat of the NCAA college season, going down to highly-fancied Kansas 80-63 on Sunday.

Bairstow was a standout for the Lobos, posting a team-high 24 points (10-of-12 FT), 6 rebounds and 2 steals, but he could not stop the 13th ranked Jayhawks from recording a 17-point victory.

See Bairstow and fellow Australian Hugh Greenwood in action for New Mexico LIVE on ESPN2 on Wednesday as they take on in-state rivals New Mexico State, with tip-off at 1:00pm AEDT.

Forward/centre Mangok Mathiang continues to thrive in the starting role for the 6th ranked Louisville Cardinals, posting a season-high 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go with 5 rebounds in 23 minutes in the 79-63 win over Western Kentucky.

Albany slipped to 5-5 after a 69-60 loss to Colgate on Sunday. Aussie Sam Rowley was the best for the Great Danes, posting a game-high 21 points (10-of-16 FG) and 11 rebounds.

The return of centre Jordan Vandenberg to the North Carolina State line-up is paying dividends, with the Wolfpack on a five-game winning streak after accounting for Detroit 82-79 on Sunday. The 23-year-old senior had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes.

Oregon State Aussie Angus Brandt had 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 3 blocks as the Beavers crushed Maryland-Eastern Shore 98-66 on Monday to improve their record to 5-2. Brandt had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in the Beavers 77-63 win over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

Venky Jois has 7 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks for Eastern Washington in their 70-61 loss to UC Irvine on Monday.

Virginia Tech improved their record to 8-2 after a hard-fought 65-61 win over USC Upstate on Monday, with Australian point guard Vanessa Panouisis posting 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Fellow Aussie Hannah Young had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in the 4-point win.

Alex Sheedy dropped 15 points and 6 rebounds as the Fresno State Bulldogs defeated Portland on Sunday 76-67 to improve their record to 6-3.