14 Nov 2008

Penney runs away with Player of the Month award

7:18 am on 14 November 2008

The New Zealand Breakers shooting star Kirk Penney has won the Player of the Month award in the Australian National Basketball League.

Penney ran away with the honour, averaging almost 27 points and one steal per game for the September-October period, as well as over four rebounds and three assists.

The former NBA player shot the ball at 49 percent from the field, 37 percent from beyond the three-point line and made an impressive 87 percent of his foul shots.

He also picked up two Player of the Week honours for the month, as his team started the season with a club record 7-2 win-loss return.

The 196-centimetre guard finished with 89 votes, more than triple those for his nearest rival, Chris Anstey of the Melbourne Tigers.

South Dragons' inspirational leader Brian Goorjian claimed the Coach of the Month award for October after turning last year's cellar dwellers into the most successful team in the league.