NBL Schedule a win for Fans

Wednesday July 5, 2017 by  

More games across the weekend, games on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve and a special heritage month are among the highlights of the schedule for the 40th anniversary season of the National Basketball League.

The NBL today released the schedule for the 2017-18 season which will start on October 5 when the Adelaide 36ers play Melbourne United at Titanium Security Arena.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said more games would be played across weekends in 2017-18 to make NBL as accessible as possible to the growing fan base. Read more

China to tour Australia

Friday June 23, 2017 by  

China will play two of Australia’s leading National Basketball League teams during a tour of Australia next month.

The Chinese national team will play Melbourne United at Melbourne Park on Sunday July 16 before taking on the Brisbane Bullets on the Gold Coast on July 18.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said the games were a great opportunity to showcase basketball between two of the leading nations in the region. Read more

Brilliant Prather takes ‘Cats to post-season

Sunday February 12, 2017 by  

Perth Wildcats had the wrong side of history staring them in the face against Melbourne United on Sunday before a supreme fourth-quarter performance made sure of their 31st consecutive NBL Finals appearance.

It was finals or burst for the Wildcats in the final game of the regular season and Casper Ware’s four points early in the final term had the scores tied and Perth looking in trouble.

But the visitors lifted as Casey Prather – who may have played his best ever NBL game – scored a road career-high 26 points and dished a career-high 11 assists, making several contested shots down the stretch. Read more

Breakers collective steps up in Vukona absence

Friday February 10, 2017 by  

New Zealand have turned in a performance that will be written in Breakers folklore, keeping their faint finals hopes alive with an 88-70 domination of Melbourne United.

Do-or-die type games have come multiple times for the Breakers this season, and in every instance the proud Kiwi club has stepped up to the mark.

This time they had to do it without their chief hardman and spiritual leader of almost 15 years Mika Vukona, who was in hospital with a knee infection at the time of the game. Read more

Boone dominates in grind-out win

Monday February 6, 2017 by  

Former NBA big men Josh Boone and David Andersen came up big as Melbourne United scored a priceless 78-72 win over Illawarra Hawks on Monday night.

With the Hisense Arena roof open, Melbourne veteran bigs came up big as Boone’s 20 points and 12 rebounds plus Andersen’s 10 second-half points proved too much for the Hawks who fell in front of 6,947. They remain second on the ladder, while Melbourne elevates to third.

Rotnei Clarke’s 19 points and Oscar Forman’s 12 points from four three-pointers were excellent for the Hawks but they will rue losing the rebound count 48-42 and giving up 16 offensive rebounds, many of them to Boone. Read more

Andersen, United keep playoff hopes alive

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

Four-time Olympian David Andersen made a sparkling return from an eight-week injury layoff, spearheading Melbourne United’s season-saving 89-76 victory over the Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena.

Andersen poured in 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half and played a key role in keeping the Kings at bay down the stretch after they erased a 19-point deficit and closed the gap to two points.

Melbourne’s 12th win kept their season alive, while the Kings (13-14) face a daunting final-round road clash with Perth next Saturday. Read more

‘Cats move to third in Martin’s 250th

Saturday January 28, 2017 by  

It had all the intensity of an early playoff encounter and the Perth Wildcats took a big step towards the NBL Finals with a thrilling 73-71 win over Melbourne United at Perth Arena on Saturday night.

It was destined to go down to the wire and it was some vintage Shawn Redhage minutes late and Damian Martin in his 250th game that saw Perth lead 73-71 down to the final play.

That was despite Casey Prather missing two late free-throws and multiple chances for United to either win the game or tie. A David Barlow three in his 200th game fell short and then Josh Boone’s put back didn’t fall, as the Wildcats won by two. Read more

Bullets get mean in United smashing

Saturday January 21, 2017 by  

No more mister nice guy. The Brisbane Bullets have revealed a ruthless side missing for much of the season to bash and shock Melbourne United 88-71 at Boondall.

It was an axe that had two edges, the first that cut former Perth superstar Jermaine Beal from their roster earlier this week for under-performing.

The second edge was aimed squarely at Melbourne, with Torrey Craig (24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals) sent in as a hatchet man to bruise the star-studded United line up. 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

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

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