Mitch Creek returns from injury in the Adelaide 36ers close win

BACK: Mika Vukona of the New Zealand Breakers and Mitch Creek of the Adelaide 36ers in action during their round 12 NBL clash. Picture: AAP
BACK: Mika Vukona of the New Zealand Breakers and Mitch Creek of the Adelaide 36ers in action during their round 12 NBL clash. Picture: AAP

MITCH Creek has made a triumphant return to the National Basketball League after spending three weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. 

The former Horsham basketballer made a quick return from injury to help fire his team to a pulsating 88-85 victory over the New Zealand Breakers. 

Creek played more than 30 minutes in his comeback game, scoring 10 points, posting six rebounds and five assists. The 36ers sit in fourth on the ladder and are one spot behind the New Zealand Breakers. 

Creek injured himself on December 8 in the opening stages of the Adelaide 36ers’ clash with the Perth Wildcats and said a strict rehabilitation routine had helped ensure he had a successful return.

“A big part of my quick return was the strength and conditioning team at the 36ers,” he said. “I was doing cyrotherapy two times a day, basically freezing my body at minus 110 degrees. It all came down to doing the little things and once I got out there I wasn’t concerned about it at all, I knew I was going to be 100 per cent.”

Creek was also out injured at a similar time last year and said he felt better equipped at dealing with it this time.

“I’ve dealt with injuries before and I think this time I was a lot more mature,” he said. “When I can’t be out there competing it kills me so it was tough, but I’m back now and couldn’t be more happy.”