Basketball: Jackson and Abercrombie voted as All Stars

Tom Abercrombie. Photo / Getty Images
Tom Abercrombie. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand Breakers players Cedric Jackson and Tom Abercrombie have been named as starters for the South team in the Australian NBL all-star game that will be played in Adelaide on December 22.

Cairns Taipans big man Cameron Tragardh is set to lead the North team after receiving the most fan votes of any NBL player.

Each fan has been allowed to submit one ballot in an online poll based on player positions, with the top two vote-getting guards, two forwards and one centre for both the North and the South automatically selected to be starters in Adelaide.

Tragardh received 1,401 votes for him to start for the North at the centre slot. Sydney King star Ben Madgen (863 votes) and Wollongong Hawks import Adris Deleon (856) will start at the guard slots for the North, while Sydney Kings import Darnell Lazare (740) and Wollongong Hawks captain Oscar Forman (663) will start at forward.

For the South Jackson polled the most votes with 1,125, and will be joined by Perth Wildcats star Kevin Lisch (1,008) in the guard spots.

Abercrombie (960) and Melbourne Tigers import Seth Scott (881) will fill the starting forward positions for the South, while Adelaide's Daniel Johnson (650) will start at centre.

Perth's Matt Knight was originally voted as a South starter by the fans with 816 votes, but will be unable to participate due to injury and has been replaced by Johnson.

Townsville's Gary Ervin actually received more votes than both Lazare and Forman for the North, but missed out on starting as the guard slots had already been filled by Madgen and Deleon with a higher number of votes.

Ervin remains a strong chance to still be included in the game however with the league set to announce its selections for the five bench players for each team shortly.

New Zealand's Andrej Lemanis will coach the South All-Stars, while Wollongong's Gordie McLeod will coach the North due to the pair having the best records in the NBL after nine rounds.

- APNZ

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