Andersen, United keep playoff hopes alive
Four-time Olympian David Andersen made a sparkling return from an eight-week injury layoff, spearheading Melbourne United’s season-saving 89-76 victory over the Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena.
Andersen poured in 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half and played a key role in keeping the Kings at bay down the stretch after they erased a 19-point deficit and closed the gap to two points.
Melbourne’s 12th win kept their season alive, while the Kings (13-14) face a daunting final-round road clash with Perth next Saturday.
Backcourt duo Casper Ware and Chris Goulding combined for 34 points and towering centre Josh Boone had a huge say in the win with 12 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks off the bench.
Brad Newley led the Kings with 19 points in his return from a four-game absence with a hamstring injury and Kevin Lisch had 12 on 2/13 shooting.
The Round 18 battle drew 11,005 fans – the Kings’ third-biggest home crowd in club history and their best turnout in 12 years.
United wraps up Round 18 with Monday night’s home clash with second-placed Illawarra, while Sydney closes its regular season with next Friday’s road game against Perth.
Melbourne United 89 (Andersen 21, Ware 18, Goulding 16)
Sydney Kings 76 (Newley 19, Lisch 12, Powell 11)
News Source: NBL Media