SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORMER SPARTAN HURD DOMINATING DOWN UNDER
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Former Trinity Western men’s basketball guard and, as recently as last year, Spartans assistant coach Louis Hurd is back on the court as a player and dominating early on as he has joined the Northside Wizards of the Australia Basketball Association and this past week, the first of the season, was named Player of the Week.
Playing in his, and his team’s, first game of the campaign, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Hurd contributed 37 points towards the Wizards 85-74 win over the Brisbane Capitals while shooting 65.2 per cent from the field, going seven for 10 from beyond the arc and collecting three steals and three rebounds.
Hurd’s coach Leonard King said in the preseason that the 25-year-old point guard from Spokane, Wash. would bring the Wizards “leadership, intensity and organisational skills to the group,” and so far in just one game, he’s done that and more, scoring 43.5 per cent of his team’s points.
Add to that a preseason game against Gold Coast in which Hurd scored 32 points and added six assists and the former Trinity Western fan favourite is off to about as good of a start as he could have imagined.
Hurd played two seasons with the Spartans, from 2008-2010, averaging 11.6 points per game while hitting 38.6 per cent of his 3-point attempts. He holds the Spartans record for 3-pointers made in a season with 94 and is tied with Jacob Doerksen for the school record for most steals in a season with 60, accomplishing both feats in 2008-09.
Hurd’s most famous on-court moment at Trinity Western came in his first season as a Spartan when he heroically knocked down a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining at home in Game 1 of Trinity Western’s playoff series with Victoria to give the Spartans a 64-63 victory. Trinity Western went on to win that series in three games.
The Australian Basketball Association is the country’s second highest ranked professional circuit, bettered only by the National Basketball League. The ABA season runs during the NBL’s off-season and many NBL players also play in the ABA.
Last Updated: 2012-07-17