The North East Bushrangers are excited to announce the signing of Portland, Oregon native, Richard Townsend-Gant for the 2018 BigV season.
Townsend-Gant answered the call from the Bushrangers after original import, Kannon Burrage made the decision to return home for personal reasons. Townsend-Gant spent two years at Vancouver Island University before starting his professional career that included stops in Spain, China, El Salvador, Honduras, along with an NBA D-League preseason appearance. Well known as a team first player, the Bushranger will be excited to utilise Richard’s impressive skill set as he looks to further his basketball journey and assist in the development program that is a core value of the North East Bushrangers program.
Townsend-Gant was thrown into the deep end with the Bushrangers over the weekend as he joined the Bushrangers for the long road trip to Mildura. With one training session under his belt and 8hrs on a bus getting to know his team mates, Richard performed admirably and led the way for the Bushrangers in a narrow loss to the Mildura Heat. Faced with the challenge of guarding league standout, Calvin Henry, Townsend-Gant went to work and provided that spark the Bushrangers had been missing in the first three games of the season to finish with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
NE Bushrangers head coach, Emma Henry was impressed with Richard’s start to the season “I thought he did a fantastic job for us considering the circumstances. This all came about very quickly and a credit to Richard, he has slotted in straight away, running our offences and buying into our defensive principles. Most importantly for us, Richard is a team first player and he really showed that on the court on Saturday night. There is a good buzz around the group and we are looking to feed off this energy.”
The Bushrangers next outing will be this weekend in Wangaratta when they take on the Sherbrooke Suns in a massive double header. The Lady Bushrangers had last weekend off and will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance last time out when they play the Suns.
Both games are at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports & Aquatic Centre with the Lady Bushrangers kicking off at 5pm and followed by the Bushrangers at 7pm.