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

Prather finds form, ‘Cats end Kings season

Friday February 10, 2017 by  

The Perth Wildcats have ended the Sydney Kings’ National Basketball League Finals hopes proving too strong at Perth Arena, keeping their own playoff dream alive with a 101-74 win on Friday night.

The Wildcats still need to wait to see what happens in Saturday night’s two fixtures and beat Melbourne United at Hisense Arena on Sunday for a 31st successive Finals appearance.

But for the Kings, a season that promised so much under coach Andrew Gaze and stars including Kevin Lisch, Brad Newley and Josh Powell is over. 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

Kings Party time in Sunday slamfest

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

It was a record-setting performance which could be the catalyst for much greater glory.

The Sydney Kings shook off the horrors of their recent losing woes, thrashing the New Zealand Breakers 84-57 on Sunday at Qudos Bank Arena.

Sydney’s wire-to-wire win was their most lopsided over the Breakers in club history, eclipsing the 21-point beating of New Zealand in 2006. 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

Breakers turn on the style for important win

Friday January 13, 2017 by  

NBL, meet your newest superstars. New bloods Kevin Dillard and Paul Carter have delivered breathtaking performances to hoist the New Zealand Breakers off the bottom of the ladder in a 92-74 win over the Sydney Kings on Friday night.

The Kings came into the game in free fall, following a horror stretch of eight losses in 10 games, punctuated by the sudden departure of former LA Laker Steve Blake, an indefinite hamstring injury for star recruit Brad Newley and the worrying form of Kevin Lisch. That run got even worse across the ditch.

The play of the game – maybe the season – went to new Breakers import Dillard (19 points, six rebounds, six assists), who played just the second game for his new club, in the third quarter. Read more

‘Cats fire warning shot

Saturday January 7, 2017 by  

That ominous rumbling you heard was the Perth Wildcats taking down one of the so-called heirs to their throne on Saturday night in Sydney.

Finalists for the past 30 years, the Wildcats stayed very much in the hunt for a 31st straight playoff appearance with an 80-74 triumph over the Sydney Kings.

Newly-signed Perth import Bryce Cotton was sensational in his first NBL game, racking up a game-high – and Perth Wildcats club high for points on debut – 26 points, while inspirational captain Damian Martin made his long-awaited return from an injury layoff, making just one of three shots but causing his usual havoc at the defensive end. Read more

Kings return to winners list

Friday December 30, 2016 by  

The Sydney Kings shrugged off one of the worst shooting nights of dynamic guard Kevin Lisch’s storied career to claim a come-from-behind 85-80 victory over the New Zealand Breakers on Friday night at Qudos Bank Arena.

After building a nine-point lead in the third quarter, the Kings fell behind by seven in the final period before staging a stirring fightback to snatch their 11th win of the season and remain in the top four.

Guard Jason Cadee posted a game-high 21 points, Greg Whittington added 17, while Brad Newley and Josh Powell combined for 26. 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

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