Americans Down Under: LaMelo Ball stars, RJ Hampton ejected
CAIRNS, Australia — LaMelo Ball had a career-high 24 points for his National Basketball League team in Australia on Saturday. R.J. Hampton didn’t last long in his.
Ball hit five 3-pointers and had eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Illawarra Hawks to a 101-91 win over the Cairns Taipans.
Hampton took exception to some close guarding by South East Melbourne guard Ben Madgen in the early stages of a 103-78 loss by his New Zealand Breakers to the Phoenix at Melbourne Arena.
The pair exchanged words as Madgen wound up on the floor after being fouled, while Hampton also clashed with John Roberson as the incident escalated. The 18-year-old American point guard picked up a technical foul and an unsportsmanlike foul for his part in the incident, seeing him ejected with barely four minutes gone.