Richard Kirklin Nets 14 Points In Planet Basketball's Victory Over The Palmerston North Jets

May 30, 2001

PALMERSTON, New Zealand - Richard Kirklin, a rising junior on the Ole Miss Rebel basketball team, netted 14 points to help lead Planet Basketball to a 79-75 victory over the Palmerston North Jets at Manawaty Sports Stadium.

The win was Planet Basketball's second straight, as the team earned its first victory of the tour with a 96-77 win over the Wellington Saints.

Planet Basketball's victory over Palmerston was tight throughout as neither team was able to secure a double-figure lead. With four minutes left, Planet Basketball trailed by one, when David Adams and St. Martin's Chris Hyppa connected on back-to-back three-pointers to give Planet Basketball the lead for good.

Adams led all scorers with 24 points, while Washington State center J Locklier and Louisiana- Lafayette's Kendall Regis each added 12 points apiece. Locklier added 10 rebounds for his fourth consecutive double-double to begin the tour.

Palmerston North began the second period with a 13-2 run to take a 30-21 lead with six minutes left before the intermission. Planet Basketball, however, responded with a 22-10 run to close the half and took a 43-40 lead into the locker room.

The lead changed hands five times in the third period, and the hosts led 65-64 heading into the final stanza.

In its 96-77 win over the Wellington Saints, five Planet Basketball players scored in double figures, led by a game-high 24 points from Regis. He also added 12 rebounds to record a double-double.

Planet Basketball raced to a 13-0 lead and led 29-8 after the first period and 49-28 at the half. In the second half, Wellington cut Planet Basketball's lead to 10 points before Hyppa hit consecutive three-pointers to seal the victory.

 

 

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