NBL News

Dillard breaks Bullets hearts at the buzzer

Sunday January 15, 2017 by  

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

Jungle joy takes Sixers further clear atop ladder

Saturday January 14, 2017 by  

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

Backcourt tandem shoots United to victory

Saturday January 14, 2017 by  

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

Hawks claim stunning fightback

Friday January 13, 2017 by  

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

Breakers turn on the style for important win

Friday January 13, 2017 by  

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

Sixers keep rolling with late blowout

Thursday January 12, 2017 by  

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

‘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