NBL News

Hawks legend announces retirement

Thursday March 15, 2012 by  

Captain Mat Campbell has today announced his retirement from the National Basketball League after 17 years of service for the Wollongong Hawks.

At the completion of his stellar career Mat will have played 524 games in the NBL during 17 seasons including a championship in 2001 and all for the one club, a remarkable feat in Australian sport and an unwavering show of loyalty to the Illawarra and city of Wollongong.

Mat will play his final NBL game in front of a home crowd at the WIN Entertainment Centre on Sunday 25th March against the Adelaide 36ers. Read more

Wildcats crush undermanned Taipans

Sunday March 11, 2012 by  

The Perth Wildcats took full advantage of an undermanned Cairns Taipans to record a crucial 94-59 NBL Championship victory at Challenge Stadium on Sunday.

With Townsville beating Gold Coast on Saturday night, Cairns needed a second win in Perth in three weeks to avoid falling a game behind fourth spot.

But with star big men Alex Loughton and Ian Crosswhite missing through injury the task proved too much, as backcourt buddies Kevin Lisch (14 points, 4 steals) and Damian Martin (11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals) hounded star Taipan Jamar Wilson (16 points, 6 rebounds) into seven turnovers. Read more

Breakers clinch NBL minor premiership

Saturday March 10, 2012 by  

The New Zealand Breakers clinched the National Basketball League (NBL) minor premiership with a hard-fought 91-76 victory over the Adelaide 36ers on Saturday in Round 23 of the NBL Championship.

The plucky Sixers remained in striking distance for much of the contest but couldn’t sustain the pressure long enough to seriously challenge the top side.

New Zealand sealed each of the first three quarters with last-gasp buckets and their composure was the difference between the two sides. Read more

Kings overcome Hawks

Friday March 9, 2012 by  

An amazing shooting display by the Sydney Kings helped them overcome arch-rivals the Wollongong Hawks 92-81 in their Round 23 of the National Basketball League Championship lash at ‘The Sandpit’ on Friday.

Sydney shot at 52 per cent from the field and 71 per cent from beyond the arc in their most impressive shooting display of the season.

The visiting Kings built a handy double-digit lead in the first half before absorbing the Hawks’ own long-range shooting barrage as they nailed 10 three-pointers for the second half. Read more

Two NBL Refs selected for London 2012

Monday March 5, 2012 by  

National Basketball League referees Vaughan Mayberry and Michael Aylen have been awarded the ultimate honour, with both being selected to officiate at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Queenslander Mayberry and Aylen of Victoria are senior officials in the iiNet NBL Championship and their experience and expertise have been recognised by basketball’s international governing body FIBA by being nominated to officiate in London.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock said the appointment of Aylen and Mayberry was a massive endorsement of the world class quality of Australian officials. Read more

Breakers, Blaze notch up Sunday wins

Sunday March 4, 2012 by  

The New Zealand Breakers defeated the Perth Wildcats 101-99 in an overtime thriller at Challenge Stadium on Sunday between the NBL Championship’s top two teams.

Gary Wilkinson hit the go-ahead and ultimately game-winning basket with 27 seconds remaining in overtime off another sweet CJ Bruton (7 assists) feed.

Earlier, an amazing Mika Vukona tip-in with eight seconds left in regulation capped an 8-2 Breakers run to send the game into overtime. Read more

Blaze scorch Taipans, Sixers soar over Hawks

Saturday March 3, 2012 by  

The Gold Coast Blaze blew the Cairns Taipans off their own court 94-77 with a deadly shooting display at the Cairns Convention Centre on Saturday night.

The Blaze shot 58 per cent from beyond the arc and barely missed when given an open look.

The result hands the Blaze the series win over Cairns, keeping the Taipans in a battle with Townsville for a spot in the top four. Read more