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NBL, WNBL Rd 2, Completed


ROUND two is in the record books with the Kings breaking through in the NBL for a win over their arch rival Illawarra, but losing Kevin Lisch in the process.

Lisch went down on a defensive play and while it seemed fairly innocuous - the worst injuries often are - his inability to put weight on his right foot as he was helped to the changerooms was alarming for Sydney fans.

"Kevin has injured his calf and it sounds like a nasty one," Kings coach Andrew Gaze said.

"It looks like a grade two tear."

While the club awaits the results of scans, it does seem extremely unlikely the dual-league MVP and Rio Olympian will suit next week on the road against the Adelaide 36ers who also will be down newest import Alan Wiggins Jr (pictured).

Wiggins was rushed into the 36ers' team for its match against Melbourne on Saturday and had to play, given the degree to which Daniel Johnson (0-of-10) struggled. Just arriving on Thursday, Wiggins injured his arm in the process and will be out, the Sixers hopeful playmaker Shannon Shorter will be back from the US where he returned this week after the death of his aunt.

NBL Round 2: SYDNEY KINGS 103 (Ellis 33, Cadee 17, Newley, Leslie 14, Humphries 11; Humphries 8 rebs; Blanchfield 6 assts) d ILLAWARRA HAWKS 87 (Conger 21, Clarke 15, Ogilvy 14; Coenraad, Johnson 6 rebs; Martin 5 assts) at the Kingdome, Qudos Bank Arena.

ILLAWARRA was unable to take early advantage of the Kings due to its own turnover rate and the peerless performance of Sydney import Perry Ellis. The undersized "big" had a season-best 33 points on 11-of-15 shooting, and stuck 4-of-5 threes, many of them daggers. The Hawks had Demitrius Conger working offensively but Sydney steadily pulled away. When Lisch went down hurt, Jason Cadee immediately stepped up for a couple of steadying big baskets, Isaac Humphries with 8 boards and Brad Newley an all-court presence. The Hawks, really, hung around for a while but never looked as if they could step up the extra level to pinch it. 

WNBL Round 2: MELBOURNE BOOMERS 92 (Cambage 27, O'Hea 19, Smart 16, Cole 11; Cambage 9 rebs; Cole 5 assts) d CANBERRA CAPITALS 63 (Magbegor 11, Hurst 10; Magbegor 4 rebs; Rocci 4 assts) at The Alphabet Soup, National Convention Centre.

SCHERF'S UP: Lauren Scherf contests this board with Liz Cambage. Pic courtesy of Caps FB

CANBERRA hung in with Melbourne, one of the preseason WNBL title favourites, for a quarter. But the Boomers' depth was crucial as they rolled out a 16-0 scoring run and punched their lead out to 33, making the last quarter academic. That said, the young Caps outscored Melbourne 26-25 in the last, but it was small compensation after losing the third period 11-33. Liz Cambage had another 27-point game, with nine boards, Bec Cole and Jenna O'Hea both also stuffing the stats sheet with big returns across the board.

Oct 15

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