JackJumpers beaten in NBL preseason debut

Rookies the Tasmanian JackJumpers missed on their debut at the NBL Blitz preseason tournament, suffering an 89-79 defeat to the Brisbane Bullets.

However Boomers star Nathan Sobey contributed 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Bullets as they sounded an early warning to the competition in new coach James Duncan’s first game in charge.

Import Robert Franks caught the eye with 16 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from a long distance as Brisbane went at 59 percent from the field, taking control during the third period after leading by just one point at halftime.

JackJumpers coach Scott Roth saw good signs of U.S. imports Josh Adams (18 points) and Josh Magette (12), who combined well with Canadian forward MiKyle McIntosh (16).

The league’s newest team drew a sold-out crowd of nearly 5,000 fans for Sunday’s double-champion first match at MyState Bank Arena in Hobart.

In the second match, Adelaide beat Cairns 91-87 in overtime.

The Taipans forced an extra period when Stephen Zimmerman caught an offensive rebound and tied the scores in the fading seconds.

But 36ers veteran Daniel Johnson scored seven of his game-winning 33 points in overtime to lead his side to victory.

American import Zimmerman and Majok Deng scored 18 points each for Stone Pyramids.

On Saturday, one-time NBA champion Matthew Dellavedova marked his first NBL appearance with a typically disruptive display in Melbourne United’s 90-84 win over the New Zealand Breakers.

But the Boomers star was overshadowed by teammate Jo Lual-Acuil, who posted 37 points and 11 rebounds in outstanding performance, while United captain Chris Goulding drained four triples in his 15-point tally.

Southeast Melbourne leader Mitch Creek endured the second half with an ankle injury as the Phoenix outscored the Sydney Kings in an 81-75 victory.

Creek posted 17 first-half points against the underprivileged Kings, who received 15 points from U.S. import Jarell Martin.

Chinese draw card Zhou Qi had 10 points and eight rebounds on his Phoenix debut and threw down some big slam dunks.

NBL Blitz activity continues Monday night with Phoenix-Illawarra Hawks and Kings-United double-headed in Melbourne.

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