Former Hills Hornets star Paul Brotherson makes impact on Australian basketball return

Returning star: Former Hills District Hornets forward Paul Brotherson has returned from the German National Basketball League to join the Ultimate Basketball League's Sydney City Cobras. Picture: Noel Rowsell

Returning star: Former Hills District Hornets forward Paul Brotherson has returned from the German National Basketball League to join the Ultimate Basketball League's Sydney City Cobras. Picture: Noel Rowsell

Former Hills District Hornets junior and senior representative Paul Brotherson has returned to Australia from the German National Basketball League and wasted little time getting back into action.

Brotherson has signed to play in the 2016 Dooley's Ultimate Basketball League (UBL) competition with the Sydney City Cobras and will be hoping to take the Sydney team to their third consecutive premiership title.

In his third game for the team, Brotherson had a game-high 29 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday, as the Sydney City Cobras crushed the Sydney Basketball Institute (SBI) 117-67 to maintain second spot on the competition ladder.

Hills District Hornets team-mate David Hayman was also back in action with the Cobras on the weekend, finishing with a respectable 16 points.

The UBL is now in it's fourth season and although it was already NSW richest basketball competition, prize money for 2016 has been increased from $10,000 to $15,000, furthering enhancing it's appeal to the top level of players not participating in the NBL.

There are a string of former NBL and international players competing this year, including former Australian representative Steve Markovic, who is leading the West Sydney Vikings.

Markovic has played NBL in Australia since 2002, mixing his duties with the West Sydney Razorbacks, Townsville Crocodiles and Sydney Kings, along with lengthy playing stints in both Serbia and Italy.

Former Razorbacks squad members Goran Veg and Anto Lalic are both playing with the Parramatta Wildcats, along with American Mitch Rueter.

Lalic has made an instant impact in his first three games, showing few signs of a five-year sabbatical break to play soccer.

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