Back to back wins in the Stankovic Cup for the Tall Blacks should have everyone reasonably excited as they have shown that score pretty easily late in in games when they need to. They have also shown some nice defensive touches against Mexico and Venezuela, which should come as no surprise given the Tall Blacks' hardworking, gritty nature.
But more exciting than wins for the Tall Blacks was a loss for the Boomers, who went down to Slovenia 79-70. Yup, that's the same Slovenia who defeated the Tall Blacks days earlier, but seeing Andrew Bogut spend much of the second half on the sidelines with what looked to be a bit of a back injury. Or coach Andrej Lemanis just felt like big Bogut deserved a rest, but we can also hang our hat on this...
Mmm, this came as Utah Jazz fans for whom Exum played all 82 games in the recent NBA season all palmed their face. It could also be a bit of a reminder as to why there doesn't appear to be much willingness from Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder to partake in these games.
But I've got my Tall Blacks glasses on and this is bloody awesome! You don't wish injury on anyone but the Tall Blacks could definitely benefit from seeing a few of the Boomers NBA players miss the Oceania Championship, or at the very least bring a few niggling injuries into the series.
If you're not a basketball fan, not even a semi-basketball fan, you might not really care too much about this Oceania Championship. No Steven Adams, so why should you bother? Fair play, but I'm chomping at the bit to see the Tall Blacks and Boomers go at it regardless of who is on the floor. Two wins in the Stankovic Cup have got the Tall Blacks pretty much into the final there and we have seen the Boomers put in mixed performances against Lithuania and Slovenia - we've been gifted a build up to the Oceania Championship which we haven't seen before.
Against Venezuela, Corey Webster continued his fine shooting with 22 points off with five 3-pointers while the win against Mexico came courtesy of a Tom Abercrombie explosion. Abercrombie finished with 25 points but the work of Isaac Fotu, Mika Vukona and Tai Wynyard was also impressive.
Nice to see Shaun Kenny-Dowall back in action with the Roosters, as well as Adam Goodes who has re-joined his Sydney Swans teammates. Obviously they are completely different circumstances with SKD still to have his day in court, but you've got to imagine that the best place for both of these athletes is on the training field with those who they have gone into battle with for years.
I'm just going to put funny stuff here as well as cool stuff, there's not much else to report on really...