Archive for 2016

Bullets smash the Taipans

Saturday December 31, 2016 by  

The Brisbane Bullets have shown a ton of character to overcome a week from hell in their massive 93-76 New Year’s Eve win over the Cairns Taipans.

Belted 97-59 by Melbourne United in a Boxing Day carve up, it got much worse for the Bullets during the week.

The club was dealt a hammer blow, with the news that veteran forward Anthony Petrie would require surgery for cartilage damage in his left knee, ruling him out for the season. Read more

Wildcats end 2016 with upset win over Hawks

Saturday December 31, 2016 by  

Just when they had been all but written off, the Perth Wildcats kept their finals hopes alive with A courageous 95-87 upset of the Illawarra Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre on Saturday night.

The Wildcats were in last place heading into the Round 13 New Year’s Eve clash and the win over the Hawks will boost their confidence ahead of captain Damian Martin’s imminent return from a long injury layoff.

Illawarra were perfectly placed when they led by seven with six minutes remaining but failed to go on with the job – not for the first time this season. Read more

Kings return to winners list

Friday December 30, 2016 by  

The Sydney Kings shrugged off one of the worst shooting nights of dynamic guard Kevin Lisch’s storied career to claim a come-from-behind 85-80 victory over the New Zealand Breakers on Friday night at Qudos Bank Arena.

After building a nine-point lead in the third quarter, the Kings fell behind by seven in the final period before staging a stirring fightback to snatch their 11th win of the season and remain in the top four.

Guard Jason Cadee posted a game-high 21 points, Greg Whittington added 17, while Brad Newley and Josh Powell combined for 26. Read more

Final Ball Six sends Scorchers to Top

Thursday December 29, 2016 by  

A towering final-ball six by Ashton Agar has tonight launched the Perth Scorchers to the top of the KFC Big Bash League table with a four-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium.

The win extended the Scorchers’ head-to-head record to 6-0 against the Renegades.

The drama of the final ball reflected that of the final over in its entirety, which opened with the Scorchers needing nine to achieve their victory total of 149 and unfolded with the visitors losing the crucial wickets of Mitch Marsh (34 off 22) and Adam Voges (one from two) in consecutive balls. Read more

Ware hits the game-winner

Thursday December 29, 2016 by  

Melbourne United superstar Casper Ware is the latest visitor to haunt the Orange Fortress, with an ice-cold midrange jumpshot sinking Cairns 79-78 and cementing United’s top four spot on Thursday.

The fourth quarter featured some of the most heart-stopping basketball of the season, with 11 lead changes in the 10-minute period alone. But it was Ware’s left-hand dribble drive and pull-up from the foul line with 3.8 seconds remaining that was the last pendulum swing.

Cairns’ Mitch McCarron almost lifted the roof off with his corner triple as time expired, but his rainbow effort hit both sides of the rim before trickling out. Read more

Goulding inspires Boxing Day blowout

Monday December 26, 2016 by  

Melbourne United followed Chris Goulding’s lead to shoot their way to a sizeable win over Brisbane Bullets at Hisense Arena on Monday night.

Goulding scored 19 points in the first three quarters and wasn’t needed in the last term as Melbourne went out to a 97-59 win over the Bullets in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,300.

Melbourne had planned to open the roof for the Boxing Day clash but rain in the afternoon forced them to postpone the open-air game until their February 6 home game against Illawarra Hawks. Read more

Star duo fire Phoenix to an away point

Monday December 26, 2016 by  

Strikes from star duo Kosta Barbarouses and Gui Finkler helped Wellington Phoenix to a 2-2 away draw against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Boxing Day.

Barbarouses gave Phoenix the lead in the first half with a fine individual effort from inside the box after the half hour.

While Newcastle managed to equalize shortly after the break through Andrew Hoole, a superb Phoenix move just seconds later was finished off by Finkler to restore Wellington’s lead. Read more

Scorchers light up the Furnace in season opener

Friday December 23, 2016 by  

The Perth Scorchers have defeated the Adelaide Strikers by 48 runs at the Furnace this evening.

Spearheaded by an all-round team performance the Scorchers atoned for their five previous season opening defeats to comfortably win tonight’s only preliminary round match between these two teams.

Ashton Turner claimed the man of the match honours for his blistering 44 not out from only 19 deliveries with the bat towards the end of the Scorchers innings along with his superb bowling where he conceded only six runs from two overs. Read more

Eight-straight wins for the 36ers

Thursday December 22, 2016 by  

Christmas came early for the Adelaide 36ers as they won their eighth straight game behind Jerome Randle’s late heroics, defeating the Perth Wildcats 78-74 at Titanium Security Arena Friday night.

The NBL learned a valuable lesson tonight – Randle may look down but he is never out. The lightning quick guard, who is becoming more of a leader each game, superhumanly willed his side to victory with 10 last-quarter points after a largely subdued game.

A cross-over, step back and dagger three from the little master with four minutes left stretched the Adelaide lead to 10 and had the 6,000 fans in raptures. To add insult to injury the Sixers also took home the Martin Catallini Cup, with Nathan Sobey awarded the Paul Rogers medal for best player in remembrance of two greats of the NBL. Read more

Hawks survive Bullets comeback attempt

Monday December 19, 2016 by  

Illawarra survived a furious comeback from Brisbane to steal second place on the NBL ladder in a 91-85 overtime thriller on Monday night.

For 35 minutes, the Bullets were their own worst enemy and their lowest score of the season (70) was in mortal danger. Illawarra punished their lack of ball security, and blew the lead out to 17 in the third quarter.

Birthday boy Torrey Craig (21 points, seven rebounds) decided to blow out the candles on his cake late, with eight critical points down the stretch. Jermaine Beal (12 points, three assists) helped himself to the icing, stroking home the foul shots that pushed the game into extra time. Read more