The Sky Tower Auckland Huskies moved to 3-0 in the 2020 Sal’s NBL with a thrilling 90-87 overtime victory against Nelson Giants on Mother’s Day, Sunday.
Jeremy Kendle signed off his short stint with the club by nailing a three-point shot with just a second remaining in the overtime period and then secured the victory by blocking the game tying effort of Nelson guard Hunter Hale.
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It was always meant to be a three game deal for Jeremy but what memories he has provided for the Sky Tower Auckland Huskies in his short stay with the club.
The Jeffersonville, Indiana native played three outstanding games, helped the Huskie to three consecutive wins, and was an immense influence on and off the court.
“We were fortunate that a player of Jeremy’s calibre and experience was able to help us out on a short-term basis after Armoni Brooks secured an NBA contract with the Houston Rockets,” said Huskies General Manager Matt Lacey.
“Jeremy was everything that we hoped he would be. He played terrifically well in all three games but more importantly he was a hugely positive role model for our young team off the court.
“He was the consummate professional in his dealings with our staff, players, fans and stakeholders.
Jeremy admitted after the game that it was a bitter sweet feeling.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity. Matt, Aaron, Dillon Boucher reached out to me and they believed in me allowing me to lead. They gave me a lot of responsibility and allowed me to be myself.
“This is a great group and I wish I had more games with these guys, unfortunately it’s not working out that way but they have a bright future on and off the court.”
Jeremy returned to Brisbane to reunite with his wife Nadia and their twin sons on Monday.
“The Huskies wish Jeremy and his family nothing but success in the future – he will be playing for Logan Thunder in NBL1 so keep an eye on his season,” Matt added.
Fellow American Chris Johnson made an instant impact on debut against the Giants.
Not only did the former NBA centre log a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds but also produced his own highlight reel of dunks and blocks.
It was also fitting that more than thirty of his family were in attendance to witness his first game for the Huskies.
Taki Fahrensohn joined the team last week following his graduation from the University of Portland.
Taki only came out of MIQ seven days ago but with a number of training sessions now under his belt the “Westie” should be in consideration for selection this week.
Just a reminder that the game on Sunday against the Southland Sharks is at Trusts Arena, tip-off 3pm.
The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Kiana Saxon who played much of his junior representative career at Trusts Arena representing Waitakere West Auckland.
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The Sharks have local players Dom Kelman-Poto and Brayden Inger on their roster.