NBL News

Ware hits the game-winner

Thursday December 29, 2016 by  

Melbourne United superstar Casper Ware is the latest visitor to haunt the Orange Fortress, with an ice-cold midrange jumpshot sinking Cairns 79-78 and cementing United’s top four spot on Thursday.

The fourth quarter featured some of the most heart-stopping basketball of the season, with 11 lead changes in the 10-minute period alone. But it was Ware’s left-hand dribble drive and pull-up from the foul line with 3.8 seconds remaining that was the last pendulum swing.

Cairns’ Mitch McCarron almost lifted the roof off with his corner triple as time expired, but his rainbow effort hit both sides of the rim before trickling out. Read more

Goulding inspires Boxing Day blowout

Monday December 26, 2016 by  

Melbourne United followed Chris Goulding’s lead to shoot their way to a sizeable win over Brisbane Bullets at Hisense Arena on Monday night.

Goulding scored 19 points in the first three quarters and wasn’t needed in the last term as Melbourne went out to a 97-59 win over the Bullets in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,300.

Melbourne had planned to open the roof for the Boxing Day clash but rain in the afternoon forced them to postpone the open-air game until their February 6 home game against Illawarra Hawks. Read more

Eight-straight wins for the 36ers

Thursday December 22, 2016 by  

Christmas came early for the Adelaide 36ers as they won their eighth straight game behind Jerome Randle’s late heroics, defeating the Perth Wildcats 78-74 at Titanium Security Arena Friday night.

The NBL learned a valuable lesson tonight – Randle may look down but he is never out. The lightning quick guard, who is becoming more of a leader each game, superhumanly willed his side to victory with 10 last-quarter points after a largely subdued game.

A cross-over, step back and dagger three from the little master with four minutes left stretched the Adelaide lead to 10 and had the 6,000 fans in raptures. To add insult to injury the Sixers also took home the Martin Catallini Cup, with Nathan Sobey awarded the Paul Rogers medal for best player in remembrance of two greats of the NBL. Read more

Hawks survive Bullets comeback attempt

Monday December 19, 2016 by  

Illawarra survived a furious comeback from Brisbane to steal second place on the NBL ladder in a 91-85 overtime thriller on Monday night.

For 35 minutes, the Bullets were their own worst enemy and their lowest score of the season (70) was in mortal danger. Illawarra punished their lack of ball security, and blew the lead out to 17 in the third quarter.

Birthday boy Torrey Craig (21 points, seven rebounds) decided to blow out the candles on his cake late, with eight critical points down the stretch. Jermaine Beal (12 points, three assists) helped himself to the icing, stroking home the foul shots that pushed the game into extra time. Read more

Melbourne upset ladder-leading Sydney

Sunday December 11, 2016 by  

If there wasn’t enough intrigue and surprise every night in the NBL, the race to the finals just got a whole lot more interesting with last-placed Melbourne United’s 88-81 ‘upset’ of league-leading Sydney on Sunday at Qudos Bank Arena.

Melbourne bounced back from Friday night’s tough road loss to Perth in style, leading by as many as 14 in the fourth quarter before holding off the Kings’ last-gasp fightback in the closing minutes.

Australian Boomer and Melbourne star Chris Goulding was magnificent with a game-high 28 points, American guard Casper Ware was a constant threat with 22, while Majok Majok (eight points, 11 rebounds) had arguably his best game of the season in the absence of injured centre David Andersen. Read more

Randle stars in Sixers win over Breakers

Saturday December 10, 2016 by  

Jerome Randle has once again shown his MVP pedigree, surging the Adelaide 36ers past the New Zealand Breakers 102-92 at Titanium Security Arena on Saturday evening.

Randle began his assault on scoreboard in the third quarter, scoring 15 points on a barrage of impossible shots, crossovers and layups. It wasn’t all smooth sailing as the Breakers gave more than a fair fight, especially down low before dropping off late.

Asked on whether Randle is NBA calibre post-match coach Joey Wright replied “I’ve always thought he’s had the potential and we will see what sort of opportunity he gets post season”. Read more

Kings hold off fast-finishing Hawks

Monday December 5, 2016 by  

The Sydney Kings held off a fast-finishing Illawarra Hawks to claim a 99-93 win in Monday night’s top-of-the-table showdown at WIN Entertainment Centre.

Kings captain Kevin Lisch put on a masterclass against his former team with 23 points, while Jason Cadee (22) rediscovered his shooting touch in an increased role and Greg Whittington (20) was at his dynamic best.

Sydney also received effective performances from Tom Garlepp (10) and Josh Powell (six) en route to their ninth win of the season and third over the Hawks in as many meetings. Read more

Wagstaff on fire as ‘Cats defeat Kings

Sunday December 13, 2015 by  

A fourth quarter scoring explosion from Jesse Wagstaff in his milestone 200th game has helped the Perth Wildcats to an impressive 87-69 victory over the Sydney Kings.

Wagstaff, who splashed six three-pointers in the final quarter alone, scored a career high 26 points in his 200th game for the Wildcats, and was instrumental on both ends of the floor as Perth surged to victory in their first of five road games.

After trailing 46-56 with 2:50 remaining in the third quarter, the Wildcats finished on a furious 41-15 run, securing both the victory and Perth’s position atop the NBL ladder for another round. Read more

Records fall as Wildcats demolish Melbourne

Thursday December 10, 2015 by  

The Perth Wildcats have defeated Melbourne United in dominant fashion, with a stunning 113-83 victory that moved the team to the top of the NBL ladder.

Jermaine Beal was simply incredible in the game, scoring a phenomenal 40 points (a Wildcats record in the 40 minute era) including 10 three pointers – an all-time Wildcats record.

Remarkably, Beal was scoreless in the first quarter, but notched 40 points and all 10 of his triples in 30 minutes of unstoppable basketball. Read more

Wildcats put on a show, defeat 36ers

Friday December 4, 2015 by  

The Perth Wildcats have returned to the winner’s column, recording a resounding 90-72 victory over the Adelaide 36ers.

The Wildcats never trailed in the game, and led by as many as 22 points in a win that secured the season series 3-0 in favour of Perth.

Casey Prather electrified the crowd with consecutive alley-oops on his way to 23 points, while Damian Martin notched five points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists in his return to the starting line-up. Read more