Aussies Abroad: Delly stars and March Madness continues

Aussies Abroad: Delly stars and March Madness continues

The NCAA Tournament has already thrown up some exciting results for the Australian contingent as March Madness continues this week.

University of Albany duo Peter Hooley and Sam Rowley guided the Great Danes into the tournament proper, defeating Mount Saint Mary’s 71-64 in Wednesday’s tournament play-in game. After claiming the America East Conference Tournament Championship, the Aussie pair helped set up a meeting with #1 seed Florida.

Hooley had 20 points and 4 rebounds, while Rowley had 8 points and 13 rebounds to set up what was an entertaining clash with Florida on Friday. The Great Danes were right in the contest early in the second half, levelling scores at 39-39 with less than 15 minutes remaining.

However, the athleticism and fast play of the Gators eventually wore them down and brought an end to the Albany tournament push, going down 67-55.

Jorden Vandenberg and his North Carolina State Wolfpack fell at the same stage after recording a convincing win in their play-in game on Monday. The senior centre had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 blocks as the Wolfpack defeated Xavier 74-59.

This set up a meeting with #5 Saint Louis, who needed overtime to advance, claiming an 83-80 victory on Friday.

In the NBA it was another impressive week for the San Antonio Spurs as they continue to press for the number one seeding in the Western Conference, defeating the Utah Jazz 122-104 on Monday.

Australian Boomers star Patty Mills was again the scoring injector off the bench for the Spurs, posting 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in 19 minutes.

It was a tough week for Boomers teammate Matthew Dellavedova as his Cleveland Cavaliers team struggled against NBA heavyweights Miami and Oklahoma City.

On Wednesday Delly had 5 points and 6 assists as the Cavs went down to Miami 100-96 before posting his first career double-double in the NBA, finishing the 102-95 loss to Oklahoma City with 11 points and 10 assists in 33 minutes.

This was a career high in assists for the 23-year-old, who is enjoying extra minutes for the Cavs with star Kyrie Irving currently injured.

Jayco Australian Opals star Marianna Tolo is destined for the Euroleague Final 8 after her Bourges Basket team defeated Good Angles 67-57 in the deciding Game 3 of the round of 16 series.

Tolo had 8 points and 6 rebounds in 25 minutes, seeing the team advance to the final 8 tournament. Her Jayco Opals teammate Cayla Francis had 15 points and 7 rebounds as her French team, Nantes, claimed a 70-64 over Angers on Sunday.