Schools in for Kiwi basketballers

Rob Loe. Photo / File
Rob Loe. Photo / File

Tall Blacks Isaac Fotu and Rob Loe, and Tall Fern Jordan Hunter opened their US college accounts for the new season, helping their schools to victory in exhibition games during the weekend.

Fotu made his debut for University of Hawaii in the Rainbow Warriors' 75-67 exhibition win over Hawaii Pacific, contributing 10 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes.

Hawaii next face Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday, as part of the Rainbow Classic tournament in Honolulu.

Loe had a quiet outing as St Louis University eased past Rockhurst 79-47 in their first exhibition game. He had eight points and four rebounds in 20 minutes as their starting centre.

The Bilikens begin their regular season against USC Upstate on Friday.

Hunter had four steals, eight points, five boards and four dimes to help her Southeast Missouri University rally from 10 points down with 10 minutes remaining to defeat Southern Indiana 68-62.

South East Missouri - where Hunter's New Zealand captain Natalie Taylor attended college - face Wright State on Friday.

Wellingtonian Steven Adams had six points and 10 rebounds to help his University of Pittsburgh to 77-45 exhibition victory over Hawaii-Hilo.

Adams logged 22 minutes, adding three blocks and three steals, as coach Jamie Dixon gave his entire roster a run.

Pittsburgh now face their opening regular-season game against Mount St Mary's College at home on Friday.

At Colgate University, Josie Stockill scored eight points in her debut for the Raiders, as they defeated Hartwick 76-65 in an exhibition. Colgate face Cornell University on Friday.

And, Tall Fern Erin Rooney made her first appearance for Fordham University, after transferring from Monmouth, starting at guard in a 60-43 win over Dowling.

James Ashby started at forward for Newberry College in their 100-68 loss to NCAA powerhouse Perdue University, scoring seven points in 21 minutes.

Tall Black Kirk Penney did not play in TED Kolejliler's 112-76 loss to Banvit BK in the Turkish Basketball League's fourth round.

In Australia, Lisa Wallbutton was one of the better performers in a well-beaten West Coast Waves team, gathering seven points and nine rebounds in a 78-50 loss to Bulleen.

Angela Marino helped guide the Adelaide Lightning home 74-55 over the travelling Boomers, scoring 12 points and providing five assists.

Ferns captain Taylor was the pick of the Kiwis across the Tasman, with 12 points and nine rebounds as her Logan Thunder fell 102-81 to Dandenong.

- APNZ

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