NBL News

‘Cats backcourt comes up clutch against Bullets

Monday January 9, 2017 by  

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

Sixers blitz buries Breakers

Sunday January 8, 2017 by  

The Adelaide 36ers show no signs of stopping their run of red-hot form, racking up their 10thwin in 11 games with a comprehensive 113-95 drubbing of a disjointed Breakers on Sunday afternoon.

The Sixers set the win up with a clinic of attacking basketball in a 62-40 first half – the Breakers’ biggest ever half-time deficit at North Shore Events Centre – with up-and-in defence, deflections and wave running burying the Breakers throughout the afternoon.

The visitors had the game on lock, up 27 just 30 seconds into the second half, but did not take the foot off the gas as both teams put on a second-half show with the game largely beyond doubt. Read more

‘Cats fire warning shot

Saturday January 7, 2017 by  

That ominous rumbling you heard was the Perth Wildcats taking down one of the so-called heirs to their throne on Saturday night in Sydney.

Finalists for the past 30 years, the Wildcats stayed very much in the hunt for a 31st straight playoff appearance with an 80-74 triumph over the Sydney Kings.

Newly-signed Perth import Bryce Cotton was sensational in his first NBL game, racking up a game-high – and Perth Wildcats club high for points on debut – 26 points, while inspirational captain Damian Martin made his long-awaited return from an injury layoff, making just one of three shots but causing his usual havoc at the defensive end. Read more

Hawks bounce back

Saturday January 7, 2017 by  

Less than 48 hours after an embarrassing thrashing from Adelaide, the Illawarra Hawks emphatically redeemed themselves with a comprehensive 106-88 defeat of Melbourne United at WIN Entertainment Centre.

American guard Rotnei Clarke posted a game-high 25 points for Illawarra to go with four assists and three steals, Tim Coenraad and Nick Kay combined for 35 points, while AJ Ogilvy stuffed the stats sheet with 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding watched the entire second half from the bench, with club officials keeping their cards close to their chest, citing ‘rest’. Read more

McCarron lifts Snakes to thrilling win

Friday January 6, 2017 by  

Rising Taipans star Mitch McCarron has single-handedly kept Cairns’ season alive with a dominant 4th quarter in their 65-63 win over the NZ Breakers.

McCarron had 11-point fourth-quarter effort featured a touch of karma after Breakers centre Rob Loe rattled out his game-winning three-point attempt rattle out at the buzzer – atoning somewhat for his heartbreaker at the buzzer two weeks ago against United.

Kirk Penney may have drained a game-high 21 points, but the highly-touted young Aussie took centre stage when it mattered, attacking the hole with reckless abandon in the fourth and earning his keep at the foul line. Read more

Sixers hit Hawks with embarrassing blowout

Thursday January 5, 2017 by  

If you opened the NBL season tipping the Adelaide 36ers to be top of the ladder after winning 9 of their last 10 games, you would have been labelled a fool.

But the NBL’s most electric team is forcing most to eat their words after the 36ers dismantled the Illawarra Hawks 117-85 at Titanium Security Arena.

Remaining in top position on the ever-tightening NBL ladder, Adelaide had six players shoot double figures, started by a 37-point first quarter – the highest from any team in the league this year. Read more

Melbourne celebrate New Year with big win

Sunday January 1, 2017 by  

United guard Casper Ware started the New Year in stunning form as Melbourne shot themselves to a big win over Adelaide 36ers on Sunday.

Ware was the catalyst from the very start until a curtain call with two minutes to play as his side won 104-73 at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

Ware went from shooting long threes, to driving and dishing to teammates then defending Sixers’ star Jerome Randle full court in a display that will be noted across the NBL. Read more

Bullets smash the Taipans

Saturday December 31, 2016 by  

The Brisbane Bullets have shown a ton of character to overcome a week from hell in their massive 93-76 New Year’s Eve win over the Cairns Taipans.

Belted 97-59 by Melbourne United in a Boxing Day carve up, it got much worse for the Bullets during the week.

The club was dealt a hammer blow, with the news that veteran forward Anthony Petrie would require surgery for cartilage damage in his left knee, ruling him out for the season. Read more

Wildcats end 2016 with upset win over Hawks

Saturday December 31, 2016 by  

Just when they had been all but written off, the Perth Wildcats kept their finals hopes alive with A courageous 95-87 upset of the Illawarra Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre on Saturday night.

The Wildcats were in last place heading into the Round 13 New Year’s Eve clash and the win over the Hawks will boost their confidence ahead of captain Damian Martin’s imminent return from a long injury layoff.

Illawarra were perfectly placed when they led by seven with six minutes remaining but failed to go on with the job – not for the first time this season. Read more

Kings return to winners list

Friday December 30, 2016 by  

The Sydney Kings shrugged off one of the worst shooting nights of dynamic guard Kevin Lisch’s storied career to claim a come-from-behind 85-80 victory over the New Zealand Breakers on Friday night at Qudos Bank Arena.

After building a nine-point lead in the third quarter, the Kings fell behind by seven in the final period before staging a stirring fightback to snatch their 11th win of the season and remain in the top four.

Guard Jason Cadee posted a game-high 21 points, Greg Whittington added 17, while Brad Newley and Josh Powell combined for 26. Read more