NBL News

Bullets down China on the Gold Coast

Tuesday July 18, 2017 by  

Signs are bright for the Brisbane Bullets as their Aussie brigade ground out an intense 89-83 win over Team China in front of an enthusiastic Gold Coast crowd of 3,128 on Tuesday.

Led by point guard Shaun Bruce in perhaps career-best touch and active bigs Tom Jervis and Mitch Young, the Bullets appear to have maintained the dogged mentality that underscored their first season back in the National Basketball League.

For China, Tuesday night signalled the end of a successful five-game liaison with the NBL across the All-Australian Tour of China and another game in Melbourne. Read more

Cotton returning to Perth

Friday July 14, 2017 by  

Perth Wildcats chairman Jack Bendat is pleased to announce that 2017 Grand Final MVP Bryce Cotton is heading back to Western Australia to once again represent the Perth Wildcats.

If Wildcats fans weren’t already excited about the start of their championship defence, now is the time to begin counting down the days till the 2017/18 season tips off.

Bryce Cotton set the NBL alight after joining Perth for the back half of the 2016/17 season. Read more

NBL All-Australian team claim dominant China win

Monday July 10, 2017 by  

The NBL All-Australian Team has completed its Tour of China with a dominant 89-75 Game Three victory over Team China with unsigned duo Jeremy Kendle and Jerome Randle starring in Dongguan.

The third and final game of the tour took place on Sunday with Team China having defeated the All-Australian Team 68-66 in Game One in Beijing on Wednesday. They secured the series on Friday with an 89-75 victory in Jilin.

But the NBL All-Australian team made a statement on Sunday to close the tour in Dongguan with an emphatic 14-point victory. Read more

NBL All-Australian team falls to China in Jilin

Friday July 7, 2017 by  

Team China has finished too strong for the NBL All-Australian Team coming from behind to win 89-75 in Game Two of the three-match tour of China in Jilin.

The NBL All-Australian Team was looking to level the three-game series after the hosts claimed the 68-66 Game One victory in Beijing on Wednesday night, and looked capable of doing so through three quarters.

The Australian team got rolling during the second quarter on the back of a string of Daniel Kickert three-pointers where he nailed three in a three-minute stretch. Read more

China downs NBL All-Australians in Beijing

Wednesday July 5, 2017 by  

The NBL All-Australian Team has lost the opening game of its three-match Tour of China on Wednesday with Team China holding on for a tense 68-66 victory in Beijing.

The NBL All-Australian Team started strongly to open an 18-10 lead by late in the first quarter and were still up against the hosts by a point at half-time despite having gone to the free-throw line just twice.

The second half was also a tight fought contest but China proved too strong for the Australians to take a one-nil lead in the series. Read more

NBL Schedule a win for Fans

Wednesday July 5, 2017 by  

More games across the weekend, games on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve and a special heritage month are among the highlights of the schedule for the 40th anniversary season of the National Basketball League.

The NBL today released the schedule for the 2017-18 season which will start on October 5 when the Adelaide 36ers play Melbourne United at Titanium Security Arena.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said more games would be played across weekends in 2017-18 to make NBL as accessible as possible to the growing fan base. Read more

China to tour Australia

Friday June 23, 2017 by  

China will play two of Australia’s leading National Basketball League teams during a tour of Australia next month.

The Chinese national team will play Melbourne United at Melbourne Park on Sunday July 16 before taking on the Brisbane Bullets on the Gold Coast on July 18.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said the games were a great opportunity to showcase basketball between two of the leading nations in the region. Read more

Prather claims second Gordon Ellis Medal

Saturday March 18, 2017 by  

Perth Wildcats small forward Casey Prather has been crowned the Gordon Ellis Medallist as the club’s Most Valuable Player for the 2016/17 season.

Prather was presented with the award in front of 1,200 people the Grand Ballroom, Crown Towers.

Bryce Cotton came runner-up to the award, while Jameel McKay, Damian Martin and Matt Knight rounded out the top five (Martin and Knight tied for fourth). Read more

‘Cats sweep Hawks to win record Eighth Championship

Sunday March 5, 2017 by  

Bryce Cotton arrived to revive the Perth Wildcats season and not only did he do that, he delivered another championship with 45 points in the 95-86 National Basketball League Grand Final Game Three win over the Illawarra Hawks on Sunday.

Congratulations Perth Wildcats, 2016/17 NBL Champions.
Photo courtesy of NBL Media

The Wildcats returned to Perth Arena trying to sweep the best-of-five series over the Hawks with 13,611 fans cheering them on, and appeared set to cruise to that task after scoring the opening 12 points.

But the Hawks made the Grand Final on guts and determination, and fought valiantly to be within two late in the third term.

Cotton was the difference, though and nailed a miracle three to open the fourth quarter on the way to the nine-point win. Read more

Copybook ‘Cats repeat dose without Knight

Wednesday March 1, 2017 by  

The Perth Wildcats are one game away from a second straight title after Wednesday night’s come-from-behind win over Illawarra in game two of the best of five grand final series.

After beating the Hawks 89-77 in game one in Perth, the Wildcats overturned a 45-40 half-time deficit to prevail by the identical 89-77 score line in Game 2.

Bryce Cotton led Perth with 20 points and Casey Prather added 18, while Angus Brandt (15 points) filled a huge void after Matt Knight had to be assisted off the court early in the third term, suffering apparent concussion symptoms. Read more