Young gun spotlight: NBL – Round 5

MELO Trimble had two off games but was still damaging around the court. Harry Froling is playing some good games for Adelaide, Finn Delaney is getting some stats, whereas younger guys, Rhys Vague and Daniel Grida are contributing well in their more-extended game time.


Cairns Taipans – #1 Melo Trimble

Trimble is at his best even if scoring 23 against New Zealand and 19 against Melbourne. Against the Breakers, he shot nine from 15, and racked up three assists. In Melbourne, Trimble shot at 50 per cent which included three three-pointers. He had four assists, two rebounds and a steal in the loss. He continues to lead the competition in points (25.0) and is second in assists (5.0).

New Zealand Breakers – #3 Finn Delaney

The Breakers forward played in both his team’s games for the round and acquired some good stats. In the first game against Cairns, he shot two from three inside the arc and an assist. In that match, he had four rebounds (two defensive and two offensive) and a steal. Against Brisbane, he put up seven points including a three, along with two assists.

Adelaide 36ers – #11 Harry Froling

Froling put up a season-high 23 points against the Kings, which included a three from outside. He added six rebounds (now averaging 4.1 a game) and added a steal to his defensive game. He had at least one assist for the third straight game in a row. His one missed free throw in seven attempts means he’s broken his 100% run that spanned four games.

Illawarra Hawks – #11 Daniel Grida

Grida is getting consistent game time, but throughout Round 5, he had a season-high eight points against Melbourne. In that same game, he had three rebounds, two assists and a block. He didn’t quite do the same against Perth three days later, but at 20 years-old, he should start displaying more like that United match.

Perth Wildcats – #25 Rhys Vague

Vague doesn’t have the best stat line but has been travelling nicely. He’s averaged four rebounds in his last three games including five against New Zealand in Round 4. Against Brisbane this round, he played over 17 minutes from the bench.

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