Crocs v Tigers (bottom pre-season playoff "final")
Crocs finally find a bit of form. Coming out on top in the "last place" playoff in the pre-season tourney, over a team many have ranked to be in wooden spoon contention this season.
Withers finding a bit of bite inside with 11 and 9 for TSV. Jason Forte scored 11 points on a terrible clip. Chris Cedar didn't play, Jacob Holmes & Russel Hinder barely played (which probably explains Seth Scott's monster night on the glass), and the Crocs overall shot a woeful 33% from the field despite the 20 point victory.
The big story still is the continued outstanding form of Ben Allen, who dropped 21 and 9 on the Tigers after two frustrating seasons as one of the most ineffective playeres in the league.
And I think everyone calling for the head of Seth Scott as the first import sent packing will quieten down a little: dude dropped a Dwight Howard-esque 24 and 21 (!!!).
However, with all the talk of Townsville's import pair not living up to expectations, Scott's massive game is an example of the kind of perspective you have to take into consideration when judging the Crocs' American players. While this is not intended as a universally robust defense for the Crocs pair -- who simply have not played particularly well up to this point -- Scott has come in to a young team with no established players or system and has free reign to do what he wants. He shot the ball 25 times for only 9 makes, turned the ball over a whopping 7 times and got 35 minutes in a pre season game, on the way to finishing with 24 and 21. It's easier to play yourself into some sort of form in a new league in a new country when you get to play with that sort of "creative license".