NBL News

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

NBL bringing back the Brisbane Bullets

Friday September 18, 2015 by  

The National Basketball League (NBL) is pleased to confirm that the Brisbane Bullets will return to the competition in the 2016/17 NBL season, with six-time NBL Champion CJ Bruton announced as the first official appointment to the club.

Known as one of the first great sporting franchises of the Queensland capital, the Brisbane Bullets were one of the League’s founding teams and boast more than 30 years of history and three NBL Championships.

The Bullets captured national attention in the 1980’s as one of the most dominant teams in the competition, selling-out stadiums and producing household names such as Leroy Loggins and Cal Bruton. Read more

NBL releases 2015-16 season draw

Thursday July 30, 2015 by  

The National Basketball League (NBL) today released its 2015/16 regular season fixtures, which features games five days a week across 19 rounds from Wednesday 7 October – Sunday 14 February 2016.

NBL General Manager Jeremy Loeliger said the new-look draw is set to appease all sports fans with an action-packed, condensed schedule with new mid-week games featured.

“We are extremely confident that the NBL is going to deliver great results this summer. Expanding on the traditional schedule gives those already following our competition a tighter and more exciting timetable, while providing a frontline, elite sports option at a different time for new fans to come on board,” he said. Read more

Eight teams to compete in 2015-16 Season

Tuesday June 2, 2015 by  

The National Basketball League will feature all eight teams in the upcoming 2015/16 season, with the Wollongong Hawks confirming their participation behind strong support from the Illawarra community.

The Wollongong Hawks will enter the competition with Multi Civil and Rail as their major sponsor, with a number of other businesses already recommitted to the NBL’s oldest club.

General Manager Kim Welch said the community backing and vibrant fan interest has given positive indications for the upcoming season. Read more

Crocodiles to participate in 2015-16 season

Thursday May 21, 2015 by  

The National Basketball League is pleased to confirm that the Townsville Crocodiles will participate in the 2015/16 NBL season.

After placing the Club in voluntary administration in April, the Board have regained control of the Deed of Company Arrangement and subsequently received NBL approval to re-enter the competition.

New Townsville Crocodiles Chairman Andrew Gisinger said the future of the Club is promising. Read more

Wildcats bow out of NBL Finals

Sunday March 1, 2015 by  

The Perth Wildcats season has come to an end – defeated 68-80 in game two of their semi-final series by the Cairns Taipans.

The wounded Wildcats put in a brave effort to level the scores midway through the final term, but it wasn’t to be.

The home side were severely undermanned with Greg Hire ruled out late, and Shawn Redhage’s season confirmed over on Thursday. Read more

‘Cats beat Crocs, finish fourth

Sunday February 22, 2015 by  

The Perth Wildcats have finished strongly to defeat the Townsville Crocodiles 81-71 at Perth Arena, in the final regular-season game of 2014/15.

The result doesn’t affect the Wildcats position in the standings, as the Adelaide 36ers defeated Wollongong today to lock in third. The Wildcats will attack the NBL Finals as fourth-seeds and will face minor-premiers Cairns in the semi-finals.

While in the end, the clash with the Crocs was a dead-rubber, neither team saw it that way as Townsville looked to finish in style while the Wildcats were desperate to find form a week out from the Finals. Read more