Aussies Abroad: Kickert the star in the Ukraine

Aussies Abroad: Kickert the star in the Ukraine

Ukrainian-based Australian Boomer Daniel Kickert ensured his Azovmash team would end the calendar year on a winning note, posting 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in Saturday’s 87-80 win over Dnipro in Ukrainian Superleague action.

In his second season in the Ukraine, Kickert has again been one of the outstanding offensive players in the competition, averaging 18.6 points per game, which has him ranked second in the league for scoring.

Elsewhere in Europe, Boomers’ sharp-shooter Ryan Broekhoff is making the most of his opportunities on return from injury, posting strong numbers in Turkey for Istanbul giants Besiktas.

In his first year as a professional after graduating from Valparaiso University in the USA, Broekhoff is beginning to find his feet in Europe after a groin injury sidelined him for most of November.

9 points and 6 rebounds in 16 minutes during last week’s 91-53 win over Aliaga was followed by a career-best outing in the 76-74 loss to Tokas on Sunday. The 23-year-old had 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

Jayco Australian Opals star Liz Cambage still has the hot hand in China, posting 36 points on 13-of-14 shooting as Beijing claimed a convincing 96-58 win over Shenyang in Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) action.

Fellow Opals star Lauren Jackson stuffed the stat sheet, but it wasn’t enough to stop her Heilongjiang team from slumping to a 76-62 loss to Liaoning on Saturday. The four-time Olympian had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in the 14-point defeat that leaves her team with a 6-6 record.

Andrew Bogut’s run of 10 games with double-digit rebounds came to an end on Saturday, but it hasn’t stopped his Golden State Warriors from continuing their winning form. The Boomers’ centre had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 22 minutes as the Warriors defeated the Phoenix Suns 115-86 before posting 12 points and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes in the 108-104 overtime defeat of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

Fellow Boomers star Matthew Dellavedova played 9 minutes for the Cavs in the defeat – their second consecutive overtime loss after going down 127-125 to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Dellavedova played 24 minutes, posting 9 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Luke Nevill had another big night in Taiwan, helping his Taiwan Mobile team to a 75-64 win over Yuion Luxgen. The centre had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in the victory, currently sitting third in the league for scoring (18.4ppg), sixth for rebounding (11.3rpg) and fourth for blocks (2.2bpg).

Kate Gaze and her Saint Mary’s Gaels continued their brilliant start to the women’s college basketball season, recording a 79-78 overtime defeat of West Coast Conference (WCC) rivals Gonzaga on Sunday.

It was a great individual performance from Alex Sheedy (15 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes), but it could not stop Fresno State from suffering a heavy 86-54 loss to Stanford on Sunday.