Cedric Jackson can’t wait to lock horns with a familiar NBL foe when his New Zealand Breakers host the Adelaide 36ers on Thursday.
Jackson and Jerome Randle are among the premier point guards in the competition, with Randle having been a standout since joining Adelaide this year.
While Jackson has been as influential as ever for the champions, the output of livewire American Randle has added thrust to the 36ers’ offence.
The 29-year-old produced 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds in their narrow loss to Cairns on Saturday.
The result dropped third-placed Adelaide’s record to 3-3, the same as the fourth-placed Breakers, who are coming off a 90-67 crushing of Cairns a week ago.
The Breakers will have revenge on their mind after losing their season-opener to Adelaide but coach Dean Vickerman noted they were without Randle that day, who has formed a potent combination with guard Adam Gibson.
“With Randle and Gibson being real aggressive from the three point line it adds another dimension to them, they can space you out a little bit more,” Vickerman said.
“Randle is a go to for them down the stretch, they might not have had that in the last couple of years, he adds that.”
A former University of California star, Randle has ties with Jackson, with both players on the books of the Washington Wizards in 2010. Jackson was on a short-term NBA contract and Randle played the Summer League.
“If you don’t do a good job on defence he is a guy who can score in bunches,” Jackson said.
“He has had a huge impact on his team and on the league so far, he is a dangerous player who can score on the inside and outside.”
On Jackson’s team is another red-hot guard, with Tall Black Corey Webster having scored 22 and 35 points in his first two games since returning from the United States, where he failed to clinch an NBA contract with New Orleans.