NBL returns to Australia’s capital city

From nbl.com.au:   The Hungry Jack’s NBL will return to Canberra when the Illawarra Hawks play the Cairns Taipans on Australia Day. The NBL today announced a partnership with the ACT Government and Basketball ACT to bring elite basketball back to the nation’s capital. The ACT Government will invest $125,000 to bring a Hawks game to AIS Arena on January 26 . The team will also host a number of coaching clinics with ACT Representative squads and ACT coaches, visit a number of schools and play against the AIS Centre of…

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Adelaide 36ers and Adris De Leon part ways

After the team’s 93-81 loss to the Sydney Kings, the Adelaide 36ers and point guard Adris De Leon have parted ways. This season De Leon averaged 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists on 33% from the field in 18.7 minutes per contest; all of numbers that were below his career averages (16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 41% FG). De Leon will return to his home country, the Dominican Republic, where he will have the option to play out a longer term deal in the national league there.…

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Andersen’s throwback performance leads Illawarra past Melbourne 87-81

Andrew Bogut brought the people but Melbourne United took the win as the reigning champions handled business against the Sydney Kings in front of a sell-out crowd at Melbourne Arena. As 10,300 people filled the arena on Melbourne Cup eve, Melbourne asked the Kings plenty of questions and Sydney didn’t have enough answers with United winning 77-70. DJ Kennedy enjoyed his best game for Melbourne with the import left-hander outstanding with 24 points and 10 rebounds while United’s defence and their offensive rebounding in the final term snuffed out any…

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Melbourne United defeats Sydney Kings 77-70

  Andrew Bogut brought the people but Melbourne United took the win as the reigning champions handled business against the Sydney Kings in front of a sell-out crowd at Melbourne Arena. As 10,300 people filled the arena on Melbourne Cup eve, Melbourne asked the Kings plenty of questions and Sydney didn’t have enough answers with United winning 77-70. DJ Kennedy enjoyed his best game for Melbourne with the import left-hander outstanding with 24 points and 10 rebounds while United’s defence and their offensive rebounding in the final term snuffed out…

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Andrew Bogut balls as Sydney Kings Celebrate Lisch’s 200th game

Former NBA no overall pick and 2015 NBA Champion played his best game as a member of the Sydney Kings. The former, most notable, Golden State Warrior and Milwaukee Buck recorded 21 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and two steals in the Kings’ 86-79 victory over the Illawarra Hawks. He was also very efficient, shooting 9-13 from the floor. Kings’ coach Andrew Gaze was very complimentary of Bogut’s performance, saying this: Some of the stuff that was going on – when I saw that down the middle hellacious…

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Liam Santamaria’s NBL Studs and Duds

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria   Round 3 saw all but one game decided by single-digits with seven of the league’s eight teams grabbing a win. Five teams split their doubles, two squads went 1-0 while the last-placed Taipans were the only team to go winless for the round. We had comebacks, extra periods, a triple-double, highlights for days and even a sprinkling of controversy. What more can you ask for?   STUDS   Nathan Sobey (Adelaide 36ers) Sobey-Wan Kenobi was everywhere on Friday night, notching up the first…

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Brisbane Bullets hang to defeat Perth Wildcats 100-96

From nbl.com.au   The ‘Bair’ is back. While the shooters provided the entertainment, Cameron Bairstow showed the grit and grind under the hoop to lead the Brisbane Bullets to a thrilling 100-96 win over the Perth Wildcats on Thursday. His performance came after an horrific knee injury – that saw his anterior and medial ligaments torn and robbed him of any chance of playing in season 2017/18. On Thursday, the former Chicago Bull showed that is all behind him with a haul 18 points in a willing performance. Cam Gliddon…

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