Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A beastly performance in the paint from Ray Turner has helped the Bendigo Braves maintain their unbeaten start to the season while earning the import the Round 4 Player of the Week award.

In a round in which the Braves celebrated Chris Hogan’s 400th game, Turner averaged a monstrous stat-line of 23 points, 25.5 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in victories over Mt. Gambier and Albury/Wodonga.

He proved unstoppable against Mt. Gambier on Friday night, helping to hand the Pioneers a very rare loss at home on the back of 25 points and 25 rebounds as he came close to matching the home side’s tally of 37 boards as a team.

The forward shot 9-18 from the field and was perfect from the free-throw line on 7-7 shooting while he had come close to collecting a double-double by quarter-time with six points, six rebounds and two blocks.

He earned a rest after that but returned to the court with four minutes left in the second quarter and recorded another four points and four rebounds in under two minutes, notching a double-double before the half-time break.

There was only four points in the game at three-quarter time but Turner ensured the Braves were not going to let this one slip, starting the final period with an and-one conversion from an offensive rebound.

He then clinched the contest with some strong free-throw shooting while he continued to dominate the glass, recording a double-double in the fourth quarter alone with another 11 points and 11 boards as Bendigo succeeded, 89-75.

On Sunday, the Braves were back home against Albury/Wodonga and Turner again starred, scoring a team-high 21 points to go with a game-high 16 rebounds.

That tally included seven offensive boards which directly led to nine points as Bendigo ran away with a convincing 93-72 victory, their fourth straight on the season.

The import shot 9-13 from the field and was able to play only 29 minutes as the Braves wrapped up the game early while he also controlled the defensive end of the floor with four steals and a block.

Following his huge weekend, Turner now sits second for the league in rebounds per game at 14.5 while also sitting fifth for total offensive rebounds with 19.

Ray Turner Round 4 Stats: 23 points on 18-31 (58%) shooting including 10-12 free-throw shooting, 25.5 rebounds (eight offensive), two steals and two blocks per game.