TOP GUARD: Mullumbimbys Brad Davidson, drives forward for the Adelaide 36ers. Picture: GETTY
TOP GUARD: Mullumbimbys Brad Davidson, drives forward for the Adelaide 36ers. Picture: GETTY

Early signs good for Mullum 36er

By ADAM HICKS

MULLUMBIMBY guard Brad Davidson has signalled his intentions with the Adelaide 36ers after playing a starring role in the NBL club's first round win over the Wollongong Hawks on the weekend.

Davidson, on debut with the club, hit four three-pointers on his way scoring an equal game-high 22 points.

"We're only one game in. It usually takes about five to six weeks to get a feel of how the season will go but the signs are really positive," he said.

"There were a few injuries in the pre-season and the team is still coming together.

"We recruited pretty well in the off-season ... there are five new players with prominent roles in the team so we are expecting to peak at the end of the season."

Fresh from a move from the Singapore Slingers, Davidson said he was settling in well in the City of Churches.

"It's going really well," he said.

"My girlfriend is originally from Adelaide so she already has a support network which has made it a lot easier.

"I bought a house already and everyone's been fantastic ... it's been a seamless transition."

Much smoother than his move to Singapore a year before.

"It's not set up for basketball," he said of his time there.

"We were training in a non-air conditioned venue for first half of the year.

"It was 32 degrees and 95 per cent humidity every day and we were trying to do pre-season training.

"The conditions were unbearable at times. We'd get 15 minutes into training and the floor would get slippery.

"For somebody at my age, there were just too many hard yards (to have a career with the club). We did 160,000 km of travel in the season."

The hard yards seemed a lot harder when the Singapore public didn't come out to support the team.

"They like watching sport on TV or betting on it but they don't have the culture to turn up to games and barrack for their home team," he said.

Despite being told by Boomers coach Brian Goorjian that he is too old for the Boomers team that will go to the Beijing Olympics next year, Davidson said he still had quality game-time ahead.

"I am happy with the way my body is feeling," he said. "I took time off to holiday in the off-season and come back really refreshed. I have no time line of how long I'll go on for."

The 36ers' next game, on Friday night, will see Davidson line up against Ballina's Nathan Crosswell who plays guard for the Melbourne Tigers.

Crosswell has helped the Tigers to a perfect start to the season with wins over Wollongong and Singapore.

Returning to the Melbourne team after seven seasons away, Crosswell enjoyed a strong pre-season notching up high scores in several trial matches.

Coincidentally, the pair will clash on Friday night when the 36ers host the Tigers in Adelaide.



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