JORDAN Murphy has been part of the Southland Sharks for four years, with his core responsibility normally on the training court.
The 23-year-old has sweated it out at training to help ensure those players in the main rotation on the Sharks roster are ready to go each week.
“That’s our role, to help the other guys in training so they can go out and score the points on game day,” Murphy said.
However, last Saturday night he delivered a breakthrough six minutes on court which has given him the confidence he can mix it at National Basketball League level.
The Sharks produced yet another blistering offensive display against the Manawatu Jets on Saturday night in Invercargill to sit 89-65 up heading into the final quarter.
It meant coach Judd Flavell was again able to go deep into the roster to provide others with court time.
At times this sort of situation can get messy, but on Saturday the ever-improving Murphy delivered his best performance at NBL level in the Sharks’ 118-91 win.
The former Verdon College pupil scored 10 points in six minutes which included two from two from three-point land.
Heading into last Saturday’s game he had scored just three NBL career points, all in one game against Taranaki in his rookie season four years ago.
“It was all a bit of a blur. Once I got the lay-up to start with it was just basketball after that,” he said about Saturday night’s performance.
Just a few days earlier Murphy had landed seven three-pointers in the first round of Southland’s A Grade club basketball competition to ensure he had plenty of confidence in his shooting.
Murphy’s representative basketball days started a decade ago in the Southland under-13 team which was coached by Mark Bell, who is now the Sharks’ assistant coach.
The Sharks are on an impressive run of five straight wins, but with the the Canterbury Rams and Wellington Saints both looming they are bracing for a much tougher test.
Both those games will be played in Invercargill, the first tonight against Canterbury.