NBL News

Hawks survive Kings fightback

Saturday March 24, 2012 by  

The Wollongong Hawks have survived a blistering Sydney Kings fightback to win 77-68 on Saturday night.

Hawks’ import point guard Ayinde Ubaka’s back-to-back three-pointers midway through the final quarter, after the Kings had cut the Hawks’ 16-point lead to two, was decisive.

It had been a quiet night for Ubaka until that point, with Joevan Catron (15 points) and Rhys Martin (12 points) stepping up for the away side. Read more

Wildcats comeback to down Tigers

Friday March 23, 2012 by  

The Perth Wildcats put an end to a disappointing Melbourne Tigers NBL Championship season with a comeback 72-71 win at The Cage on Friday night.

Tigers import Myron Allen (13 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds) had a fade-away game-winning three-pointer with 0.4 seconds that hit the shotclock.

Intensity was rife throughout with the Wildcats showing premature playoff desperation ahead of next week’s semi finals, and the Tigers looking to end their tumultuous season on a high. Read more

Hawks down Tigers at the Cage

Sunday March 18, 2012 by  

The determined Wollongong Hawks defeated the Melbourne Tigers 71-61 on Sunday night in their Round 24 National Basketball League clash to keep their hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon alive.

After a dour first half the Hawks emerged from half-time with their shooting boots on, nailing 10-0f-18 from long range in the final 20 minutes.

Oscar Forman led the way with 18 points at 67 per cent from behind the arc, while retiring Hawks captain Mat Campbell had a big first half where he scored all 10 of his points to keep Wollongong in the game. Read more

Top four confirmed after Kings upset Taipans

Saturday March 17, 2012 by  

The National Basketball League’s top four has been determined with the Townsville Crocodiles and Gold Coast Blaze now guaranteed a post-season berth.

The Blaze and Crocs will fill the third and fourth seedings with their final placings determined in the final round of the regular season next week.

Both teams host minor premiers New Zealand in Round 25, with the Blaze able to wrap up third with either a win or a Townsville loss. If Gold Coast lose next week and the Crocs win, Townsville will take third and the Blaze fourth courtesy of the Crocs 3-1 win in their season series. Read more

Wildcats cement second with Croc-mauling

Friday March 16, 2012 by  

The Perth Wildcats have guaranteed second spot on the NBL Championship ladder with a thumping 101-66 win over the Townsville Crocodiles at Challenge Stadium in Perth on Friday night.

The Wildcats last week secured a 26th straight finals appearance with a big win over the Cairns Taipans and now on Friday made sure of second position and a home semi-final appearance with the 35-point victory over the Crocs.

It is Perth’s fourth win of the season against Townsville and the ‘Cats still have not lost at home to the Crocs since the famous playoff night of 2009 when John Rillie was on fire from beyond the arc, and Corey ‘Homicide’ Williams likely had his best night in his NBL career. Read more

Breakers douse the Blaze

Thursday March 15, 2012 by  

The New Zealand Breakers underlined their dominance of the NBL Championship with a 109-93 home win over the Gold Coast Blaze.

Having already wrapped up the minor premiership, the titleholders had little to gain from their final regular-season home game, played in front of another sell-out crowd at the North Shore Events Centre.

But intent on carrying their winning ways into the business end of the season, the Breakers turned on three quarters of near-champagne basketball, taking control early and never taking the foot off the accelerator. Read more

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