NBL News

Andersen, United keep playoff hopes alive

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

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. Read more

Penney, Dillard maintain Breakers post-season pulse

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

Any basketball fan knows the last two minutes of a close game can seem like an eternity. Adelaide fans certainly felt it as the New Zealand Breakers finals hopes were remarkably resurrected off life support in a game stolen from the clutches of defeat, 88-87 on Saturday evening.

The scene was set – the roaring Adelaide 36ers looked home in their typical never say die way with a 12-point lead at three quarter time.

But In a miraculous turn of events, the Breakers rallied behind Kirk Penny, Kevin Dillard and Alex Loe to steal the game at the death knell, holding a two-point lead with 50 seconds remaining. Read more

Knight injured as ‘Cats smash Bullets

Friday February 3, 2017 by  

Bryce Cotton put on a show as the Perth Wildcats took another step towards the NBL Finals, beating the Brisbane Bullets 94-63 at Perth Arena on Friday night.

Cotton had been an instant hit in his seven games since arriving in Perth, but his three-point shot had been hit-and-miss. That changed as he nailed all five of his attempts in the first half on Friday on his way to 25 points on 8/11 shooting from the field.

Nothing is guaranteed for the Wildcats as they hunt a 31st successive playoff appearance, especially with power forward Matt Knight leaving the court in the third quarter with what appeared to be concussion symptoms after coming in contact with Tom Jervis off the ball. Read more

Hawks hold off late Snakes surge

Friday February 3, 2017 by  

It had all the makings of a rout but in the end the Illawarra Hawks had to sweat out a nerve-wracking 90-73 win over Cairns on Friday night at WIN Entertainment Centre.

Leading by 26 in third quarter, the Hawks survived a late comeback to secure their 14th win of the season and remain in second spot with two games to play.

Cairns gave the home crowd a big scare when they cut the margin to six with four minutes remaining, but the Hawks regained their composure down the stretch to close out a crucial victory. Read more

Redhage announces retirement

Monday January 30, 2017 by  

Perth Wildcats and WA sporting great Shawn Redhage has announced that he will retire from NBL basketball at the conclusion of the 2016/17 season.

The announcement comes ahead of Redhage’s 372nd Wildcats game – which will see him advance to second on the club’s all-time games-played list, surpassing legend James Crawford.

The 36-year old has played 384 NBL games in total. Read more

Kings Party time in Sunday slamfest

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

It was a record-setting performance which could be the catalyst for much greater glory.

The Sydney Kings shook off the horrors of their recent losing woes, thrashing the New Zealand Breakers 84-57 on Sunday at Qudos Bank Arena.

Sydney’s wire-to-wire win was their most lopsided over the Breakers in club history, eclipsing the 21-point beating of New Zealand in 2006. Read more

‘Cats move to third in Martin’s 250th

Saturday January 28, 2017 by  

It had all the intensity of an early playoff encounter and the Perth Wildcats took a big step towards the NBL Finals with a thrilling 73-71 win over Melbourne United at Perth Arena on Saturday night.

It was destined to go down to the wire and it was some vintage Shawn Redhage minutes late and Damian Martin in his 250th game that saw Perth lead 73-71 down to the final play.

That was despite Casey Prather missing two late free-throws and multiple chances for United to either win the game or tie. A David Barlow three in his 200th game fell short and then Josh Boone’s put back didn’t fall, as the Wildcats won by two. Read more

Breakers hold off ‘Cats

Sunday January 22, 2017 by  

Four weeks ago, NBL glamour side New Zealand was stone motherless last and staring down the barrel of playoff oblivion.

Tonight they sit equal second on the ladder after engineering a remarkable fourth consecutive win, downing rivals Perth 86-82 at Vector Arena.

They made hard work of it, though, with 11 turnovers in the final quarter which gave the Wildcats a sniff at an unlikely win – multiple times over. Read more

Taipans survive mammoth Hawks comeback

Sunday January 22, 2017 by  

It was a sick sense of déjà vu for the Cairns Taipans in front of their home crowd, but the Orangemen have scraped through after yet another second-half meltdown to beat the Illawarra Hawks 85-79 on Sunday afternoon.

The game looked all but over when the Snakes rode a 15-1 run to lead by 21 points midway through the third term, but opened the floodgates after an outstanding 2.5 quarters of defence following their game in Perth less than 48 hours prior.

With each Illawarra bucket, the crowd and Taipans got more nervous, with coach Aaron Fearne screaming at his shell-shocked players to re-focus and increase tempo. Read more

Bench carries Sixers home over Kings

Saturday January 21, 2017 by  

Adelaide’s role players continue to put gas in the Sixer tank, as 42 bench points carried Adelaide above the clouds for their 17th win against the Sydney Kings 87-73.

78 seconds cost the Kings the game, as they fell victim to an 8-0 run at the end of the third quarter, committing two turnovers followed by two offensive fouls. Again, the 36ers had six players reach double scoring figures, a statistic that has the rest of the league shaking in their boots.

They couldn’t have done it without Jerome Randle, whose double-double of 19 points and 11 assists took his teammates on a fine dining experience. Adelaide has a knack of forcing opponents to shoot from range, while boasting the best three-point defence in the league. Read more