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The continuing story of Ebi Ere

There aren’t too many veterans in sport who can completely turn a game. In the NBL, Illawarra's Kirk Penney is certainly showing that his 35-years is no barrier to form, if not fitness, but another member of the old guard making a big impression is Adelaide's Ebi Ere. While some Sixers fans may not have realised what Ere is capable of due to injury-disrupted start to the season, the 34 year-old guard is demonstrating to all what’s still in cupboard by averaging 21.5 points in his last four games. The latest standout performance came on Saturday night at Titanium Security Arena against the Hawks where he racked up 28 points (a new season-high), at 56 per cent from the field. At times, his outside shooting was outrageous, as was the old swagger that came with it. No more so than in the fourth quarter when took a shot from way downtown and headed back up court before it drained. It was vintage Ere. But what about the tag of veteran that accompanies his age? Well, you get the feeling he quite enjoys it. “I’ve been feeling like a veteran since I was like 25,” he laughs. “I’ve been playing the game a long time and seen a lot of basketball all over the world but I think I’m a lot smarter now than I was back then, definitely. The veteran is much more a part of me now.” He may be smarter now, but he couldn’t be much more successful. For those not old enough to remember, Ere won an NBL Championship twice with two different clubs (Sydney and Brisbane) in his first two seasons in the NBL (2004 and 2007). He remains the only player in the history of the NBL to achieve this feat.
His resume also boasts being the NBL’s leading scorer in 2008 (27.1 points per game) and a starting five position in the 2008 and 2009 All-NBL teams. This season, thirteen years after he made his NBL debut and seven years since he last played a competitive NBL game, Ere has been reunited with coach Joey Wright, with whom he’d celebrated championship success with at the Brisbane Bullets in 2007. “It’s always good to be with coaches you’ve played under before but also the players I’ve played alongside before,” says Ere. “I’ve played with Gibbo [Adam Gibson] and DJ [Daniel Johnson] previously. Familiar faces are good and it doesn’t hurt to play for a coach you’ve already played for,” says Ere. What did hurt upon his arrival were little injuries. But his recent form has shown that these are well and truly behind him. “I never doubted that I’d get to the form that I’m in. With most teams I probably would have been able to just play my way back into it, but since we have we have such a good team it was kind of hard because you have players who can step in and play well,” he says. However, a bit of a break in the fixture list over Christmas provided Ere with the opportunity to get the work into his body that it needed. “During that time when we didn’t have games, it was a time for me to go hard and really get into it and do extra work because it didn’t matter if I was really fatigued or not.” There can be little doubt that it has paid dividends. “I am in a lot better shape now and early on I think I took some good shots and they just rattled in and some are still rattling in,” he says in his typical jocular manner. “Hopefully they keep going down in a good percentage and I can keep this going.”
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