Hawks rise to the occasion, advance to GF

Thursday February 23, 2017 by  

It was a war of attrition at Titanium Security Arena in Thursday night’s National Basketball League semi-final decider, and for the better part of 40 minutes only one team truly turned up.

The Illawarra Hawks showed the poise needed on the big stage, holding off a stunning late Adelaide 36ers run, winning 106-98, and booking a date with the Perth Wildcats in the Grand Final.

Buoyed by 66 bench points the Hawks played like the 36ers have played the majority of the season – unified and clinical. Marvelle Harris and Rotnei Clarke captained the ship in the first half, whilst resurgent big men Cody Ellis and Tim Coenraad finished the journey in the second. Read more

Hawks show huge heart to force Game Three

Sunday February 19, 2017 by  

Unsung guard Mitch Norton answered the bell in crunch time to help the Illawarra Hawks defeat Adelaide 100-94 in a thrilling NBL semi-final Game Two on Sunday at WIN Entertainment Centre.

Thrashed by the 36ers in Thursday’s opening game of their best-of-three series, the Hawks responded as they have all season with their backs to the wall to set up a deciding third game in Adelaide this Thursday.

Norton stepped up with a season-high 17 points, while Tim Coenraad tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds – the second double-double of his career – in another strong performance off the bench. Read more

Randle walks the walk for the Sixers

Thursday February 16, 2017 by  

Newly crowned NBL Most Valuable Player Jerome Randle put the Adelaide 36ers team on his back with 18 first-half points as the Sixers outgunned the visiting Illawarra Hawks 93-78 in Game 1 of their Semi Final series.

Randle needed to put forward his best after calling the Hawks a “dirty team” that he “didn’t like playing” against mid-week. He certainly rose to the occasion, bringing some of his Chicago A-game.

Such was his energy expenditure that he violently cramped up at the start of the fourth term, only to return at the midpoint and deal some final damage. Read more

Wright named the NBL’s Coach of the Year

Monday February 13, 2017 by  

The Adelaide 36ers’ Joey Wright is the recipient of the Lindsay Gaze Trophy as the 2016-17 National Basketball League Coach of the Year.

Wright becomes just the second 36ers coach to win the Award, joining Ken Cole who was honoured in 1986.

He also becomes only the third coach to win the award three times, joining Brian Goorjian (6) and Lindsay Gaze (3). Wright previously received Coach of the Year honours in 2004 and 2007 while leading the Brisbane Bullets. Read more

Randle named the NBL’s MVP

Monday February 13, 2017 by  

The Adelaide 36ers’ Jerome Randle, who finished top three in both scoring and assists, has won the 2016-17 National Basketball League Most Valuable Player Award.

Randle becomes just the second 36ers player to be named MVP, joining Mark Davis who was honoured in 1987. Randle received a total of 143 votes to win the Award.

The Perth Wildcats’ Casey Prather finished second with 107 votes and the Sydney Kings’ Kevin Lisch was third with 82 votes. The Illawarra Hawks’ Rotnei Clarke (76 votes) and Melbourne United’s Casper Ware (74 votes) rounded out the top five. Read more

Taipans stun Sixers to cement second spot

Saturday February 11, 2017 by  

Behind an NBL legend, the Cairns Taipans became a team possessed in the second half, handing Adelaide their fourth straight loss, 89-98 at Titanium Security Arena.

Mark Worthington had one heck of a final quarter in his last regular NBL season game after a stirring video tribute prior to tip-off.

The ageless veteran collected two steals, a block, a charge and back-to-back clutch triples before affording himself a wry smile as he jetted his team to guaranteed home-court advantage in their semi-final. Read more

Epic fourth-quarter explosion takes Taipans home

Thursday February 9, 2017 by  

It was one of the wildest stretches of basketball in the history of the Cairns Taipans.

A 14-point explosion in just a minute and 55 seconds during the fourth quarter has propelled the Snakes to a temporary second position on the NBL ladder after a thrilling 89-85 win over the league-leading Adelaide 36ers.

By no means were the Sixers at full strength, with coach Joey Wright leaning on the young bench brigade to close out the game up against a desperate and swarming Taipans team, but the win is just as sweet for the Orangemen, who head to Adelaide for the second leg of their home-and-away weekend looking to sew up a top-four berth. Read more

Penney, Dillard maintain Breakers post-season pulse

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

Any basketball fan knows the last two minutes of a close game can seem like an eternity. Adelaide fans certainly felt it as the New Zealand Breakers finals hopes were remarkably resurrected off life support in a game stolen from the clutches of defeat, 88-87 on Saturday evening.

The scene was set – the roaring Adelaide 36ers looked home in their typical never say die way with a 12-point lead at three quarter time.

But In a miraculous turn of events, the Breakers rallied behind Kirk Penny, Kevin Dillard and Alex Loe to steal the game at the death knell, holding a two-point lead with 50 seconds remaining. Read more

Bench carries Sixers home over Kings

Saturday January 21, 2017 by  

Adelaide’s role players continue to put gas in the Sixer tank, as 42 bench points carried Adelaide above the clouds for their 17th win against the Sydney Kings 87-73.

78 seconds cost the Kings the game, as they fell victim to an 8-0 run at the end of the third quarter, committing two turnovers followed by two offensive fouls. Again, the 36ers had six players reach double scoring figures, a statistic that has the rest of the league shaking in their boots.

They couldn’t have done it without Jerome Randle, whose double-double of 19 points and 11 assists took his teammates on a fine dining experience. Adelaide has a knack of forcing opponents to shoot from range, while boasting the best three-point defence in the league. 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