Gutsy Glover gives Kings another gear

IT WAS the fourth quarter when the Sydney Kings needed a hero after finding themselves trailing by seven points to the New Zealand Breakers in the deciding game five of the NBL Championship.

Although there are some bigger names on the list, it was guard Angus Glover that stood up, despite the going being a bit tougher for him than some of his teammates.

Glover sparked a remarkable Sydney comeback in the final term, as the Kings stormed past the the Breakers to close out the match and secure their second consecutive championship.

Some of his teammates may have put together more consistent campaigns across the season, but Glover delivered when it truly counted, dragging his side back into the game and building the foundation for the likes of Derrick Walton Jr and Xavier Cooks to seal the result.

Sydney Kings (77) def. New Zealand Breakers (69)

Angus Glover – 12 points, nine rebounds

Glover had put together some strong performances in the Championship Series, but saved his best for last as he played a vital role in the Kings securing back to back titles.

Although there were more impressive figures than his 12 points, it was the importance of them and the circumstances under which he did it.

Glover sustained a serious rib and sternum injury when drawing a charge in the paint, but battled on and played a seriously crucial role in the fourth quarter.

Down seven, Glover pulled down an offensive rebound after a missed three-point attempt, and despite clear discomfort, drove baseline to throw down a thunderous dunk. It was a play that lit a spark in the Kings, and kicked off a match-winning run.

A minute later, Glover was the hero again, splashing home a catch and shoot three-pointer off a Walton Jr. assist. It was reflective of the work he was putting in despite being in a clear amount of pain.

He finished the match shooting 5/9 from the field, and flirted with a double-double after pulling down nine rebounds, with three of those coming on the offensive end.

He was also his typically pesky self defensively, never backing down despite the injury, and fighting around screens to stay attached to whoever he was guarding.

Although some of his more well-known teammates may receive the plaudits, it was Glover who dragged the Kings back into the game when they looked dead and buried. His performance was reflective of his character being able to throw down a dunk and show composure for a big triple.

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