21/02/2024
Trey Kell in the heritage jersey the 36ers will wear on Saturday. Picture: Adelaide 36ers Media

Trey Kell in the heritage jersey the 36ers will wear on Saturday. Picture: Adelaide 36ers Media

The first triple-double of the NBL24 season has come from an unlikely source, with bottom of the ladder Adelaide 36ers‘ Trey Kell III registering the stat on New Year’s Eve.

While the 36ers lost to the Illawarra Hawks after a third-quarter collapse, Kell and Isaac Humphries were dominant for the losing side.

Kell finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, while Humphries led the 36ers with 26 points and nine boards.

Post-game, interim coach Scott Ninnis said he was surprised at Kell’s stat line, but focused elsewhere.

“I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that he had a triple-double,” he said.

“We kept fighting and we have kept fighting for these last few games.

“It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t get the result, and that’s where we find ourselves now.

“Obviously we’re in a position where we don’t want to be, we just have to continue to work forward and do whatever it takes.

“We get Melbourne United at home next week so it doesn’t get any easier.”

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