Galloway, Hunter in but NBL’s Kings lose injured Noi

Jasper Bruce |

The Sydney Kings will welcome Jaylin Galloway and Jordan Hunter back from injury for their NBL game against Perth Wildcats but have lost in-form forward Kouat Noi to knee soreness.

Strong from the bench this season, Noi will not travel to Perth for Friday’s game where the Kings will hope to bounce back from their last-start loss to Melbourne United.

The Kings will re-evaluate Noi’s right knee next week and could have him back for their following game against the Cairns Taipans next Thursday.

Tipped for a breakout campaign, small forward Galloway has been sidelined since October 22, when he suffered a shoulder injury during the Kings’ loss to Tasmania JackJumpers.

Hunter, the Kings’ starting centre, missed their last game before the FIBA break with an ankle issue.

Galloway and Hunter trained with the second-placed Kings once the team returned from time off, and on Thursday the Kings confirmed the pair would face the Wildcats.

“Just having them around is massive,” forward Alex Toohey told AAP.

“Obviously the experience and different things that they add to our team is cool.”

The Kings are looking to bounce back from their loss to United two Sundays ago, when captain Chris Goulding helped the ladder-leaders chase down a 19-point lead

With another loss to the Wildcats, the back-to-back champions could fall as low as fourth to finish the weekend.

“We kind of just went away from what was working in the first half,” Toohey said of the last-start loss to United.

“On the defensive end in general, we gave up too many open looks and too many o-boards. 

“There’s definitely some things we’ve got to tighten up but we’re well aware of what we’ve got to do to not let that happen again.”

The Kings’ clash with the Wildcats will be captain Shaun Bruce’s 300th NBL appearance.