Bas­ket­ball star hurt

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - JOSH ZIM­MER­MAN

MUCH-LOVED WA bas­ket­ball stal­wart An­thony Ex­eter is cling­ing to life in hospi­tal after a freak ac­ci­dent on Bussell High­way.

Mr Ex­eter, pic­tured, was driv­ing near Lud­low with his wife and two chil­dren at 1.15pm on Fri­day when a canopy de­tached from a boat be­ing towed in front of him and slammed into the wind­screen of his car.

The 41-year-old re­ceived se­ri­ous in­juries and was flown to Royal Perth Hospi­tal, where he re­mained overnight in crit­i­cal con­di­tion on life sup­port. His wife and kids were not hurt in the in­ci­dent.

Mr Ex­eter played more than 300 games for the Rockingham Flames and Perth Red­backs in the State Bas­ket­ball League.

He was crowned SBL rookie of the year in his de­but sea­son for the Flames in 1995 and is among few Aus­tralians ever to earn the league’s high­est hon­our, named most valu­able player in 2000. He was also se­lected for the SBL All-Star team from 1999 to 2001.

He turned down ad­vances from mul­ti­ple National Bas­ket­ball League clubs.

The driver of the vehicle tow­ing the boat is help­ing po­lice with their in­quiries.

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