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The Week That Was: Nov.17-24

WHEN isn't it a big week of basketball here at Basketball On The Internet, although the Boomers coach stepping down doesn't happen every day!

That no doubt was the biggest story of the week, but just in case you missed something, here's our complete rundown for the week.


The week started well with WNBL's Adelaide Lightning revealing the club had replaced injured WNBA star Crystal Langhorne (knee surgery) with Kathryn Westbeld, who arrived on the Friday of their home game against Melbourne.



Then it was the 36ers' turn to make some noise, reversing their previous NBL road loss to South East Melbourne with a solid win over the Phoenix.





 We learnt who the 16 teams, including our Opals, would be for the final stage of Tokyo Olympic Games qualifying in February, when the field will be reduced to its final 12 after tournament play.


Of course then it was time for our NBL Player of the Week. This was one of the tougher weeks with some very strong individual performances, unfortunately for many playing two-game rounds.




Brad Rosen and I were back with another scintillating 15 minutes of podcast glory, sadly dragged out over a 30-minute format. Come on. We're working on it!




The biggest Australian basketball news of the week, was, naturally, broken by Woj in the USA when he told us all Brett Brown would replace Andrej Lemanis as Boomers coach for the Tokyo Olympics. Here was our early take.


This was our follow up on the Lemanis story, after confirming the correct version from multiple genuine people in and around the situation, including - dare we admit it? - the man himself!



Next came our popular - well, WE like them - NBL and WNBL rankings for the week.



 Our NBL and WNBL tips haven't been faring too badly (if you don't look at the WNBL tips too closely) as the round continues into tomorrow night.



Melbourne Boomers came into Adelaide and took control of their WNBL Final Four clash after halftime and this is how they did it.





It was Brisbane import and All Star Lamar Patterson who found a way to create a home NBL win over the 36ers in a thriller.



Lightning coach Chris Lucas won the state's highest accolade as Coach of the Year at the annual South Australian Sports Star awards, with Vanessa Devlin and the 1998-99 36ers also honoured.



The 36ers bounced back today by routing the NZ Breakers, Corey Webster injured for the visitors as Adelaide enjoyed the luxury of fielding its development players.




Round 6 of the WNBL had its share of surprise results, which we collated and wrapped up here.



And that was the week that was for Basketball On The Internet, the WNBL Player of the Week out tomorrow, along with the NBL's round wrap!

Nov 24

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