NBL Round 13 Studs and Duds

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria A trio of gutsy comebacks highlighted an eventful Round 13 – a weekend full of big-time players making big-time plays, more surprising results and, of course, plenty of studs and duds. STUDS Melo Trimble (Cairns Taipans) With his mum paying a visit from the States, Trimble poured in a massive 74 points across Round 13, connecting on a flat-out ridiculous 13-of-17 from long range. Wheeling and dealing off the dribble, the talented point(s) guard was borderline unstoppable for most of the weekend as he…

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Sydney keeps winning ways going with 83-68 over Illawarra

Less than two days after a stunning last-gasp win over NBL leaders Perth, the Sydney Kings racked up a fourth straight victory with Sunday’s convincing 83-68 defeat of NSW rivals the Illawarra Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre. The Hawks had gone to great efforts to build up the game as their inaugural Indigenous themed contest as they wore specially designed jerseys and it loomed as a big game for both teams – Illawarra to keep building some momentum and Sydney to keep its winning run going. As it turned out,…

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Perth comes back to stun Breakers 91-86

From nbl.com.au: The Perth Wildcats just refuse to lose. Despite MVP Bryce Cotton joining captain Damian Martin on the sidelines and the New Zealand Breakers being in control for 35 minutes, the league-leaders pulled out a miraculous 91-86 win at RAC Arena on Sunday. The Breakers started on fire with the opening 10 points and even though they were missing their own pair of Tall Blacks Shea Ili and Finn Delany, they remained on top of the contest. New Zealand led by as much 16, were still up 11 early…

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Liam Santamaria’s Studs and Duds: Round 6

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria   Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide all made statements throughout Round 6, while the ‘Cats escaped a WILD finish in the Tropics. Here are your Round 6 studs and duds.   STUDS Melbourne United You have to tip your hat to the defending champs for the toughness they’ve shown throughout their brutal recent schedule. After a high-quality win ‘across the ditch’ on Friday night, United returned home for their eighth game in twenty-two days and took care of business against the Bullets. Melbourne trailed Brisbane…

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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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