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42 SPORT FRIDAY JANUARY 8 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Eagles' Joseph Jackson will play for Woodville in the NBL1 Central competition, with ambitions to make the NBL. Picture: Glenn Campbell STAYING in Australia to play basketball this year was not the original plan for star Eagles forward Joe Jackson. But the chaotic political scenes and ongoing COVID-19 crisis back in his home country the United States could be a blessing in disguise in the 24-year-olds bid to progress his playing career. Jackson who had a brilliant 2020 Championship season with Donna Hursts title-winning side, finishing with 514 total points (fifth best in the DBA) and an average of 17.86 rebounds per game (second best) is set to play for Woodville in the NBL1 Central competition. This could prove to be a key move if he achieves his now-revised goal of playing in the NBL. I was planning on being back home in east Texas for Christmas, but I couldnt go back, Jackson Indiana Universitys NAIA Division II all-time leading rebounder and blocker told the NT News. For sure (Id like to play in the NBL). Im still only 24 and Ive got plenty of time to keep getting better. Already being out here in Australia (and not being affected by travel restrictions) gives me a huge advantage All the DBA imports should now find jobs in higher leagues down south. Jackson is not wrong. His star teammate Chris Elder is likely to follow him to Woodville. Essingtons Raymond Jarrett will play for South Adelaide in the same NBL1 Central competition and Cannons teammate Elijah Barbour is in talks with southern clubs. Mackay has also shown interest in Tracy Village playmaker Jerron Jamerson. All are American imports. Hurst this week told the NT News that Ambros Eugsters arrival at Eagles in July was the key to the team going undefeated after losing two of its first four games last year. Jackson echoed those comments. As a perimeter shooter and ball handler he took a lot of pressure off Chris to run the team, and it was a good change to the teams dynamic, Jackson said. He believes strong southern clubs are not only looking to recruit overseas talent from the Top End competition. Freddy Webb looks likely to play alongside Jamerson at Mackay, Joel De Barros will join Jackson at Woodville in its under-19 program and James Toohey has signed with Eltham to play in its under-23 team in the Big V competition. All are Darwin juniors. Theres a lot of talent up here this competition just needs a spotlight shone on it, Jackson said. My coach/agent back home Don Sims has a good relationship with Eagles and he helped get (past DBA MVP) Anthony Golden here. Im really excited about going to Woodville. I went down to visit them a few months ago and theyve got a great playing environment. Ive been working hard on my shooting and getting to the right spots on the court up here so I can be as productive as I can down there. STAR EAGLE SET TO SOAR DOWN SOUTH JOSH SPASARO Toohey signed to play for Central Maine Community College Mustangs in May last year, a few months after the spread of coronavirus halted international travel. He then moved to Eltham Basketball Club in Melbourne as part of its under-23 program, before a big COVID outbreak in the Victorian capital also put a halt to his southern plans. So he moved back to Darwin and starred for his father Steve Tooheys side, finishing the 2020 DBA Championship season with a respectable 15.11 average points per game, with 46 three-pointers at a percentage of almost 36 beyond the arc. The 19-year-old is set to head back down to Eltham to play in the Big V. And the eternal optimist is hoping the political and public health situation in the US will improve in the coming months so he can then play for Dave Gonyeas Mustangs outfit from August. Im pretty excited to head back down there, Toohey told the NT News. Last year was a bit of a write-off, but it gave me a chance to sit back a bit, enjoy the game up here and continue preparing myself for the future. I treated being back up here like another off-season of training. Hopefully by August the situation in America improves and I can get over there to play and study architecture. I speak to Dave once or twice a week. In the meantime, Toohey cannot wait to play for Eltham in a super-competitive league. Ill be playing in probably the strongest under-23 competition in the country at the moment, he said. Well be training with NBL1 players all the time, and thatll be a goal of mine to play in that competition. Ill be sitting back waiting patiently for my opportunity there. Ive always wanted to go and play at a college in the US, Toohey keeps the faith RISING Ansett guard James Toohey still has faith that he will finally be able to achieve his dream of playing college basketball in the US this year, despite yesterdays shocking protest scenes in Washington DC. Not to mention the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which has brought many parts of the country to a standstill, with the national death toll passing a staggering figure of 361,000. JOSH SPASARO especially after (Ansett teammate) Freddy Webb and (Essingtons) Lachlan Shipway went over to play for the Mustangs. Playing in the NBL is also a long-term goal for the supremely gifted Territory representative. I think going away to play for a college in the US is a great stepping stone for those who want to come back and play in the NBL, he said. And Ive worked hard on getting myself mentally stronger. Ansett star heads back to Big V comp with US college dream still alive AUSTRALIAN Toby Price took a wrong turn and lost almost 15 minutes on the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, slipping to eighth position overall. Having won the previous day, Price (pictured) was the first rider out on to the desert on the rallys longest stage making navigation tougher across the trackless wilderness. I managed to make a small mistake after the first checkpoint and was caught by the rider behind, Price told mcmnews.com. After kilometre 80 we pretty much rode the rest of the stage together, trying to stay out of each others dust. I made a couple more small errors later on, which cost me a few minutes. However, fellow Australian KTM rider Daniel Sanders had a better day, coming in third behind Spains Joan Barreda Bort, on a Honda, and Botswanas Ross Branch (Yamaha), but being elevated to second after Branch received a oneminute penalty. Sanders started the day in eighth but broke into the top five by the second checkpoint and maintained consistent speed throughout the stage. We had an idea that todays stage was going to be fast and it certainly didnt disappoint, said Sanders. Rather than push too hard and risk a big mistake, I chose to keep a steady rhythm and just aim to get to the finish in one piece. Price pays for Dakar mistakes WALLY MASON
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