With two seconds to go the Perth Wildcats saw their season on the rocks trailing the Cairns Taipans but Bryce Cotton lifted them into overtime where they came away with the crucial 84-78 win at Perth Arena on Friday night.
With both teams desperate to win in the race to a place in the NBL finals, it was the Taipans who appeared to have done enough leading by as much as six during the fourth quarter.
They were still up by two with 2.2 seconds left but Cotton levelled scores at the foul line and almost won the game rebounding his third shot. Read more
The New Zealand Breakers bravely stayed in the finals hunt with their third straight win on Friday night in Wollongong, coming from behind to beat the Illawarra Hawks 95-86 at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Leading by two at half-time, the Hawks inexplicably lost their way in the third quarter when they made just 4/17 shots and were pounded 16-5 on the glass.
The Breakers trailed by 13 in the second period before stunning the Hawks with a second-half lockdown to claim their 11th win and join Sydney in fourth spot. Read more
Monday January 16, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
Snakes sharpshooter Stephen Weigh has continued his renaissance, leading the Taipans to a season-saving 80-78 win over the Wildcats on Monday.
A consummate professional, Weigh is the one Cairns players look to for an example, but the entire nation had eyes fixed on the 29-year-old veteran as he posted double digits for the third consecutive game.
He hit the shots when it mattered and while Perth, now 10-11, mounted a late charge to get the game within just two points in the final minute, the struggling Snakes did just enough to keep their ship afloat – if only momentarily – at the Cairns Convention Centre. Read more
Sunday January 15, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
Kevin Dillard has emerged as the thief in the night that could revive a New Zealand Breakers season thought long dead.
The new import iced off the most improbably win imaginable, 84-82, against the Brisbane Bullets on Sunday, draining the match winner on the buzzer after the Breakers trailed by as much as 13 for most of the game.
Dillard was irresistible in just his third game for the club, with a game-high 28 points, four rebounds and five assists. He came at the Bullets time and time again and ensure they were never out of the contest. Down the stretch, he had the final six points of the game, and suddenly the Breakers are finals contenders. Read more
It took them 16 minutes to score but Adelaide’s gun duo Jerome Randle and Nathan Sobey soon came to life to deliver the 36ers a 95-84 win over the Perth Wildcats at Perth Arena on Saturday night.
The Wildcats returned home for the first time since beating Melbourne United on December 9 with new import Bryce Cotton and captain Damian Martin in tow.
Randle and Sobey didn’t score until the former hit a three with four minutes left in the half. But as they have done all season, they soon got going. By the time they hit consecutive threes each midway through the fourth quarter, Adelaide was on top by seven. Read more
Melbourne United and Cairns Taipans went shot for shot in their battle at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on Saturday night but when the crunch came, Chris Goulding and Casper Ware took the home side to victory.
Ware nailed a game-high 31 points including 12 in the final term while Goulding scored 27 points but had to come back from going down on his ankle in the third term – he came back and continued launching to inspire Melbourne to a 92-85 win.
The Taipans were brave and got within five points with three minutes to play but Ware’s gutsy drives made sure they would get no closer. Read more
The Illawarra Hawks overcame a double-digit deficit and the loss of centre AJ Ogilvy to claim a heart-stopping 85-80 victory over the Brisbane Bullets on Friday night at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Illawarra trailed for the entire game before grabbing their first lead in the final quarter and hanging on for their 12th win of the season.
Hawks guard Rotnei Clarke posted a team-high 20 points and forward Nick Kay tallied 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals in a dazzling all-round performance. Read more
NBL, meet your newest superstars. New bloods Kevin Dillard and Paul Carter have delivered breathtaking performances to hoist the New Zealand Breakers off the bottom of the ladder in a 92-74 win over the Sydney Kings on Friday night.
The Kings came into the game in free fall, following a horror stretch of eight losses in 10 games, punctuated by the sudden departure of former LA Laker Steve Blake, an indefinite hamstring injury for star recruit Brad Newley and the worrying form of Kevin Lisch. That run got even worse across the ditch.
The play of the game – maybe the season – went to new Breakers import Dillard (19 points, six rebounds, six assists), who played just the second game for his new club, in the third quarter. Read more
Thursday January 12, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
NBL Heritage round started with a bang on Thursday night, as the Adelaide 36ers exacted sweet revenge against rivals Melbourne United on their home court 100-73.
Jerome Randle didn’t register his first points until the end of the third quarter and the Sixers were at panic stations, despite Nathan Sobey’s stellar 20 first half points.
As always, Randle exploded, with 15 last quarter points to push Adelaide on a game clinching 16-2 run against a hugely undermanned Melbourne team that ran out of gas with star Casper Ware put on ice with a slightly sprained ankle. Read more
Monday January 9, 2017 by Media Release - Basketball
If Saturday’s defeat of Sydney was a warning shot, then Monday’s fourth-quarter clinic against Brisbane was confirmation that the Perth Wildcats are once again Championship contenders.
On a tough, treacherous and taxing night at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth’s 72-68 win over the Bullets was the first time in three years that the ‘Cats have won three consecutive games on the road.
Neither side gave an inch as defence ruled the day, until the ‘Cats took control with a 28-point final term thanks to the playmaking brilliance of back-court tandem Damian Martin (three fourth-quarter assists) and Bryce Cotton (seven fourth-quarter points). Read more