Coopers 4 Team Challenge

The Millicent Basketball Association will be once again holding the annual Coopers 4 team challenge held at the Peter Seebohm Stadium this year. The round robin tournament will be held on Friday the 2nd, Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of March.

The 4 team challenge welcomes back the regular Mount Gambier Pioneers whom compete in this challenge annually and the Woodville Warriors who are returning from last years’ experience. Two new teams are being introduced to the competition; Eltham Wildcats and the South Adelaide Panthers. All four teams will look to showcase their full squads and present an exhilarating basketball atmosphere for the local community. In the previous years the standard has been set extremely high and there are no doubts that the competition is going to exceed the expectations and provide amusing and professional basketball to the crowd. 

In talking to the Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers Coach Richard Hill it was obvious he is very excited about the upcoming season and the lead in to it.

“It was great to have the team together for the first time last week. Generally we are in great shape and the guys have worked very hard in the off season”

“The group is pumped and anxious to get into some “real” basketball after 2 months of individual skill and physical preparation”

“The Millicent tournament is always a huge part of our pre-season, this year will be no different. Integrating Kyle, and Lewis into the group will be a priority for us.” Hill said.

The Pioneers will be missing Majok Deng, still at the 36ers, Chol Luk who will be rehabbing an achilles strain and Brad Hill is on a restricted program after ankle surgery and will play limited minutes.

Local Millicent player Josh Murphy will join the squad to help our front court depth. He is a talented young player and this will be a great experience for him.

“I would encourage Pioneer supporters to check out the action on the weekend, it is always a very competitive and well run tournament and will be the only chance to see your team

in action without travelling to Geelong or Melbourne before round two of the SEABL season” Coach Hill concluded.

 

Coopers 4 Team Challenge Pioneers

Glue guy Del commits again

“Glue guy Del commits again”

The Castec Rural Supply Pioneers are excited to confirm that their ultimate “glue guy” Dellon Brown has committed to the reigning SEABL champions for his fifth season.

Dellon continues to improve his game as evidenced by his performances for the Lakers in the CBL this season where he is averaging an impressive 16.5 points per game.

Whilst Dellon’s playing time has been limited his contribution to the teams success should not be underestimated. “Del has been a very important to us over the last 4 years, his commitment and team first  attitude should not be underestimated”  Pioneers Head Coach Richard Hill said.

“He continues to work on his game and always provides us with a spark whether it’s his all-out hustle or knocking down threes at training or just being the ultimate team mate on game night”. Dellon will jump straight from his commitments with Lakers into the Pioneers’ pre-season as it ramps up with the return to town of Brad Hill and  Luke Jamieson and the much anticipated arrival recruits Lewis Thomas and Majok Deng.

The Pioneers first pre-season hit outs will be in the annual Millicent Tournament on the 2nd 3rd and 4th of March.

Brad Hill to return for 6th season.

Brad Hill to return for 6th season.

The Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers most experienced player has committed to return for the 2018 season.

Brad Hill a veteran of 276 NBL games and 5 national SEABL finals resulting in 3 championships is gearing up to return in pursuit of more success.

End of season ankle surgery and a move to Cairns to be with his wife Julie signalled a likely end to the 2 time Alan Scott medallist’s tenure with club.

Numerous discussion’s with new Pioneers president Tom Kosch, successful surgery and the all clear from wife Julie has led to Brad back to Mount Gambier.

Brad contributed 15.7 points 6.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game last season as his versatility continued to be a key component in the teams championship run.

“Having Brad recommit to the team is huge for us”  “He is a do it all type player, who like his team mates has always put the team first” Pioneers coach Richard Hill commented.

Being able to return 4 starters from last year’s team gives the Pioneers a solid base to defend their SEABL title.

“ I really like our team, the addition of Majok, Lewis and Kyle will give us a new and exciting look without causing much disruption”  “Brad together with Tom and Eze have been part of 5 consecutive conference championships and provide great leadership and stability to compliment their obvious talent” “This is a very good league that continues to grow and improve as we must if we wish to contend again” Hill concluded.

The Pioneers squad have been working individually and in small groups during December and January and will continue with this until the whole group comes together on the 22nd of February.

The team will play an extensive pre-season schedule, commencing with the annual Millicent tournament the first week in March followed by a tournament in Geelong on March 17th and 18th and games the following week against Kilsyth and Dandenong in Melbourne.

 

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Majok’s our Man!

Majok’s our Man!

The Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers are pleased and excited to announce the signing of Adelaide 36er big man Majok Deng.

Majok is currently playing his second season with the 36ers after an impressive college career at La-Monroe University in Louisiana where he was named all Sun Belt first and all tournament team in 2016. Majok’s  18.7 points 7 rebounds 2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game were enough to earn him an invitation to join the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Summer league team.

NBL devotees would have been impressed by Majok’s recent form with Adelaide where he has started to find his groove and has played a huge roll in a number of their recent wins.

Pioneers Head coach Richard Hill is very pleased to have Majok join the Pioneers program. “I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work Majok out a couple of times and more importantly get to know him”  “He will be a great fit for our team and the community of Mount Gambier”

Majok has a scorers mentality and is a unique athlete possessing great length and a competitive spirit that will fit well with his like minded team mates.

A South Australian who played his junior basketball with the Forestville Eagles and has worked tirelessly with his mentor ex NBL star Rashad Tucker and 36ers coach Joey Wright to continue to grow his game Majok is a perfect fit for the Pioneers.

“Having another quality South Australian player join our team  is very important to our club and fits our plan for ongoing success”  coach Hill concluded.

With the recent announcement of captain Tom Daly’s commitment for two years the Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers’ roster is almost complete.

Majok Deng