Bogut, Randle give Kings plenty to dream on
ANDREW Bogut and Jerome Randle will form the best one-two punch in the NBL.
That was the feeling in Terrigal on Wednesday night as Bogut and Randle combined to guide the Sydney Kings to a commanding 84-56 victory over US visitors Saint Mary's College.
Bogut and Randle running the pick and roll was basketball beauty and their connection will strike fear into rival teams.
The pair looked unstoppable at stages against Saint Mary's while they put an exclamation mark on the dominant win when they combined for a classic Bogut dunk late in the fourth quarter.
Randle was at his silky best in his first match for the season. The diminutive guard finished with a game-high 15 points, five assists and two steals.
Bogut was strong backing up from his maiden 15-minute stint against Japan last week.
The former NBA champion finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks in 22 minutes on the floor.
Bogut had a running battle with St Mary's Melbourne-born centre Jock Perry in the first quarter.
Perry, who had 10 points and eight rebounds marking Illawarra opposite Andrew Ogilvy on Tuesday night, wasn't afraid to go after his veteran rival.
And despite Perry knocking down a number of threes, it was Bogut who had the last laugh.
The 2011 NBA block shot leader produced two steals on Perry, including a brutal rejection on Perry to have the sold out crowd standing.
Randle was thrilled with his first game and early connection with Bogut.
"Playing with Andrew Bogut is really good," Randle said.
"I've never seen a big man that can dribble the ball up the court and make passes like that.
"That is something that is going to take my game to another level, so I'm excited."
Import forward David Wear received his first minutes for the franchise and looked comfortable in the post.
Wear finished with 10 points in an impressive debut with plenty of room for improvement.
Daniel Kickert continued his strong pre-season form with 12 points, including two of three from beyond the perimeter.
Veteran swingman Brad Newley added 10 points while skipper Kevin Lisch contributed eight points.
Importantly for Sydney's long-term prospects, the second unit performed strongly.
Rising centre Dane Pineau was solid defensively when Bogut sat out while he had five rebounds. Guard Tom Wilson also impressed with eight points.
St Mary's finished their seven-game tour with only two defeats against Sydney and defending NBL champions Melbourne United.
Led by Bogut's physical and vocal presence, Sydney came out firing to open up a seven-point buffer in the first quarter.
With four of the starting five Australian representatives, the Kings looked a step ahead of their younger opponents from California.
Kickert picked up where he left off against Japan last Friday with seven points to give the Kings a handy 45-22 lead at halftime.
The Kings maintained their advantage in the third led by the likes of Pineau, Adnam and Deng Deng.
Bogut only played five minutes in the fourth quarter, but it didn't matter as the Kings cruised to a comfortable victory.
Sydney play the University of Hawaii in a closed game on Friday night.