16 Dec 2008

Penney and Lemanis win ANBL awards

6:24 am on 16 December 2008

The New Zealand Breakers guard Kirk Penney has won his second consecutive Australian National Basketball League Player of the Month award, while Breakers mentor Andrej Lemanis has taken out the Coach of the Month honour for November.

In seven games for the month of November, Penney averaged 20.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. The former NBA player shot the ball at 42% from the field and 42% from three-point range, while connecting on 78% of his free-throw attempts.

Most importantly, Penney led his team to a league-best 6-1 record for the month as the Breakers established themselves as a legitimate title contender in the NBL.

Penney has also firmly established himself as an early favourite to take out the Andrew Gaze Trophy for the NBL's Most Valuable Player at the end of the season.

Lemanis guided his Breakers team to a stunning record in the month of November, taking the prize scalps of powerhouse teams the South Dragons and Melbourne Tigers. Under his guidance, the Breakers enjoyed a positive points differential of +65 for the period.

After a week off the Breakers play the Sydney Spirit in Auckland on Thursday.