Richard Kirklin Has Eight Points, Eight Rebounds In Planet Basketball's New Zealand Tour

May 25, 2001

NEW ZEALAND - Richard Kirklin, a rising junior on the Ole Miss men's basketball squad, had eight points and eight rebounds in the first game of Planet Basketball's New Zealand Tour, but it was not enough as Rebel Sport of Auckland pulled out a 70-65 victory.

Washington State's J Locklier recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Planet Basketball, and the Cougars' David Adams added 17 points, eight boards and five steals.

Planet Basketball, coached by Washington State Assistant Coach Chris Croft, jumped to an 11-3 lead in the first quarter on the strength of three-pointers by Adams and Chris Hyppa. After its slow start, Rebel Sport rallied in the second quarter to take a 30-26 advantage by halftime.

"Rebel Sport did a great job changing defenses between man-to-man and zone," said Croft, who also served a stint as an assistant coach at Southern Miss. "That hurt our aggressiveness on offense."

In the third quarter, the lead changed hands five times before Rebel Sport built an eight-point advantage heading into the final stanza. Planet Basketball did manage to pull within one in the fourth quarter, but free throw shooting down the stretch sealed the win for Rebel Sport.

Hyppa chipped in nine points on 3-for-6 shooting from three-point range, while Lenior-Rhyne's John Tolbert scored six points and Washington State's Cedric Clark tallied five for Planet Basketball.

The six-game New Zealand tour continues through June 1.

 

 

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