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Off-Season Tracker: Playoffs

Adelaide 36ers star Jerome Randle and new Perth Wildcats signing Angus Brandt have made it to the Lithuanian Basketball League Finals and will be going head-to-head with their respective teams. Jerome Randle, playing alongside former Adelaide 36ers star Brock Motum for Zalgiris opened the Finals series with an 83-72 victory. Despite trailing at the first break, Zalgiris had pushed out an 11-point lead by half time as Randle went on to score 20 points to go with nine assists. Motum had eight points and four rebounds, while Angus Brandt put up 16 points for BC Neptunas. The BC Neptunas bounced back in Game Two to even the series 1-1. Brandt had three points and five boards as they cruised past Zalgiris for the 76-54 win. Randle had 12 points while Motum had a game to forget, going 0-4 from the floor in limited minutes. The best-of-five series continues tonight. Closer to home, the Wellington Saints have stormed into the New Zealand NBL playoffs in record-breaking fashion with a 120-72 victory over the Hawkes Bay Hawks. While the Saints boast a strong NBL contingent; Tai Wesley, Torrey Craig, Shea Ili, Leon Henry – it was Sydney King Dion Prewster that stole the show on Saturday night with a 40-point haul. In just 21 minutes, Prewster set a new career-high as he went 13-18 from the field to go with six rebounds and two assists off the bench. Prewster fell just two points shy of the all-time scoring record, while Craig and Wesley both contributed 12 points. Meanwhile, a 32-point showing from Corey Webster for the Super City Rangers wasn’t enough to defeat Mitch Norton and Nick Kay at the Southland Sharks. The new Illawarra Hawks signings combined for 39 points, while Breakers big man Alex Pledger contributed 16 points and nine rebounds in the win. The NZNBL playoffs begin this Friday, with the Canterbury Rams playing the Super City Rangers before the Wellington Saints face the Southland Sharks. Basketball NZ have also recently announced the 14-man Tall Blacks squad to travel to Asia for their FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament.
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