NBL News

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

Wildcats defeat Taipans in heart-stopper

Sunday November 22, 2015 by  

The Perth Wildcats have won in dramatic fashion, with a last second free throw from Casey Prather helping the team to a thrilling 91-90 victory over the Cairns Taipans.

Starting with the familiar line-up of Jarrod Kenny, Jermaine Beal, Casey Prather, Matt Knight and Nate Jawai, the Wildcats were looking for revenge in the first game between Perth and Cairns since last season’s semi-finals.

The Taipans grabbed an early lead, before a 12-0 run from the Wildcats wrestled momentum back for the home side. Read more

Wildcats defeated by Melbourne United

Thursday October 29, 2015 by  

The Perth Wildcats have fallen to Melbourne United 73-75, in a nail-biting contest that was decided in the final seconds of the game.

The Wildcats, who were without the services of Casey Prather for the third consecutive game, made a final stop on their early season road-trip for an exciting contest between the first and second placed teams on the NBL table.

While Wildcats captain Damian Martin returned to the court after missing four games due to injury, Perth came into the game with an unchanged starting line-up of Jarrod Kenny, Jermaine Beal, Shawn Redhage, Matthew Knight and Nate Jawai. Read more

Wildcats comeback to defeat Hawks

Sunday October 25, 2015 by  

The Perth Wildcats have come from behind to claim a 106-99 victory in a thrilling contest against the Illawarra Hawks.

Outscoring the Hawks 29-17 in the final quarter, the shorthanded Wildcats played tough, gritty basketball all game and stepped up as a group down the stretch, to improve to a 3-1 record.

Despite sustaining injuries during Friday night’s game with Townsville, Wildcats big men Nate Jawai and Matthew Knight started, alongside Jarrod Kenny, Jermaine Beal and Shawn Redhage. Read more

Lemanis named as Bullets head coach

Tuesday October 20, 2015 by  

The National Basketball League (NBL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Australian Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis as the new head coach of the Brisbane Bullets, set to enter the competition in October 2016.

A household name in Australian and New Zealand basketball, Andrej Lemanis boasts an impressive NBL resume, winning Championships as a player and coach; as well as a stellar international coaching career that includes FIBA World Championships, Olympic Games and World University Games.

Most recently, Lemanis earned a Gold Medal at the FIBA Oceania series, helping the Australian national team qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Lemanis will continue to focus on the Boomers’ campaign and will join the Brisbane Bullets after the conclusion of the Rio Olympic Games. Read more