NBL News

Wright named the NBL’s Coach of the Year

Monday February 13, 2017 by  

The Adelaide 36ers’ Joey Wright is the recipient of the Lindsay Gaze Trophy as the 2016-17 National Basketball League Coach of the Year.

Wright becomes just the second 36ers coach to win the Award, joining Ken Cole who was honoured in 1986.

He also becomes only the third coach to win the award three times, joining Brian Goorjian (6) and Lindsay Gaze (3). Wright previously received Coach of the Year honours in 2004 and 2007 while leading the Brisbane Bullets. Read more

Randle named the NBL’s MVP

Monday February 13, 2017 by  

The Adelaide 36ers’ Jerome Randle, who finished top three in both scoring and assists, has won the 2016-17 National Basketball League Most Valuable Player Award.

Randle becomes just the second 36ers player to be named MVP, joining Mark Davis who was honoured in 1987. Randle received a total of 143 votes to win the Award.

The Perth Wildcats’ Casey Prather finished second with 107 votes and the Sydney Kings’ Kevin Lisch was third with 82 votes. The Illawarra Hawks’ Rotnei Clarke (76 votes) and Melbourne United’s Casper Ware (74 votes) rounded out the top five. Read more

Brilliant Prather takes ‘Cats to post-season

Sunday February 12, 2017 by  

Perth Wildcats had the wrong side of history staring them in the face against Melbourne United on Sunday before a supreme fourth-quarter performance made sure of their 31st consecutive NBL Finals appearance.

It was finals or burst for the Wildcats in the final game of the regular season and Casper Ware’s four points early in the final term had the scores tied and Perth looking in trouble.

But the visitors lifted as Casey Prather – who may have played his best ever NBL game – scored a road career-high 26 points and dished a career-high 11 assists, making several contested shots down the stretch. Read more

Taipans stun Sixers to cement second spot

Saturday February 11, 2017 by  

Behind an NBL legend, the Cairns Taipans became a team possessed in the second half, handing Adelaide their fourth straight loss, 89-98 at Titanium Security Arena.

Mark Worthington had one heck of a final quarter in his last regular NBL season game after a stirring video tribute prior to tip-off.

The ageless veteran collected two steals, a block, a charge and back-to-back clutch triples before affording himself a wry smile as he jetted his team to guaranteed home-court advantage in their semi-final. Read more

Hawks lock in playoff spot with Bullets beatdown

Saturday February 11, 2017 by  

The Illawarra Hawks became the third team to cement a spot in the finals with Saturday night’s 106-79 rout of the Brisbane Bullets at WIN Entertainment Centre.

Depending on results of remaining games, the Hawks will finish either second, third or fourth with a 15-13 record.

The Bullets had little to play for and finished their comeback season to the NBL with a 10-18 record. Read more

Prather finds form, ‘Cats end Kings season

Friday February 10, 2017 by  

The Perth Wildcats have ended the Sydney Kings’ National Basketball League Finals hopes proving too strong at Perth Arena, keeping their own playoff dream alive with a 101-74 win on Friday night.

The Wildcats still need to wait to see what happens in Saturday night’s two fixtures and beat Melbourne United at Hisense Arena on Sunday for a 31st successive Finals appearance.

But for the Kings, a season that promised so much under coach Andrew Gaze and stars including Kevin Lisch, Brad Newley and Josh Powell is over. Read more

Breakers collective steps up in Vukona absence

Friday February 10, 2017 by  

New Zealand have turned in a performance that will be written in Breakers folklore, keeping their faint finals hopes alive with an 88-70 domination of Melbourne United.

Do-or-die type games have come multiple times for the Breakers this season, and in every instance the proud Kiwi club has stepped up to the mark.

This time they had to do it without their chief hardman and spiritual leader of almost 15 years Mika Vukona, who was in hospital with a knee infection at the time of the game. Read more

Epic fourth-quarter explosion takes Taipans home

Thursday February 9, 2017 by  

It was one of the wildest stretches of basketball in the history of the Cairns Taipans.

A 14-point explosion in just a minute and 55 seconds during the fourth quarter has propelled the Snakes to a temporary second position on the NBL ladder after a thrilling 89-85 win over the league-leading Adelaide 36ers.

By no means were the Sixers at full strength, with coach Joey Wright leaning on the young bench brigade to close out the game up against a desperate and swarming Taipans team, but the win is just as sweet for the Orangemen, who head to Adelaide for the second leg of their home-and-away weekend looking to sew up a top-four berth. Read more

Boone dominates in grind-out win

Monday February 6, 2017 by  

Former NBA big men Josh Boone and David Andersen came up big as Melbourne United scored a priceless 78-72 win over Illawarra Hawks on Monday night.

With the Hisense Arena roof open, Melbourne veteran bigs came up big as Boone’s 20 points and 12 rebounds plus Andersen’s 10 second-half points proved too much for the Hawks who fell in front of 6,947. They remain second on the ladder, while Melbourne elevates to third.

Rotnei Clarke’s 19 points and Oscar Forman’s 12 points from four three-pointers were excellent for the Hawks but they will rue losing the rebound count 48-42 and giving up 16 offensive rebounds, many of them to Boone. Read more

Snakes roar home to keep season alive

Sunday February 5, 2017 by  

The Orangemen have lived to fight another day, after gutsing out a stirring 85-77 win over the Perth Wildcats in a ‘last chance saloon’ Sunday afternoon at the Cairns Convention Centre.

Seasons were on the line after 18 gruelling rounds of close competition, and one question remained: who wanted it more?

The contenders were numerous in a tense game from start to finish, but three Snakes in particular stood out: the main man in the middle Nathan Jawai, who put forward a man-of-the-match effort of 22 points and nine rebounds (seven offensive); import Tony Mitchell, who posted 20; and first-year player Mitch McCarron, who ripped down 10 rebounds and helped change the game through a high-energy period in the third quarter. Read more