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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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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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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Legendary coach Tex Winter does at 96

Tex Winter, the architect of the triangle offense that helped power three-peats in Chicago and Los Angeles, died Wednesday at the age of 96. Coach Winter learned the complex system from its inventor Sam Barry while he played for the Hall of Fame coach at USC. Winter gained prominence as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson being with Jackson for nine NBA titles.  Winter also spent 30 years as a head coach in the collegiate level, most notably as the head man at Kansas State. While he was at the…

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NBA relaxes sneaker color restrictions for upcoming season

ESPN’s Nick DePaula has reported that league sources have confirmed that for the first time in NBA history, players will be allowed to wear sneakers of any color of their choice any time this coming season. The move is apparently part of the league’s continual effort to allow its players to be more expressive on the court ( as long as it doesn’t involve showing legitimate emotion I’m sure). This is certainly a far cry from the NBA’S previous footwear restrictions. Historically, the sneakers had to be 51% white or…

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Lebron talks on his decision to leave the Cavaliers

In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, LeBron James delved into what led to his decision to sign with the Lakers this offseason. It’s kind of a bittersweet moment right now. Sitting here in my school that I’m opening, around these kids, around this community. And then at the same time, making the switch to the other coast, being a part of the Lakers now. It’s always a tough decision when you leave home or you leave an organization that you’ve been with for multiple years. It was tough to…

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Wake Forest Center Doral Moore to turn pro

Wake Forest center Doral Moore has elected to forego his senior season to see what avenues await him in the realm of professional basketball. Although Moore averaged paltry totals of 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest during his first two years, he took a big step forward in his junior season posting per game averages of 11.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. CBS Sports college basketball columnist and NBA Draft Gary Parrish had this to say of Moore’s pro prospects: The odds of either (Moore or Wake guard Bryant Crawford)…

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Benedict upsets Central State to advance to SIAC semifinals

The Benedict College Tigers advanced to the next round of the SIAC tournament by defeating the Central State Marauders 70-66 in overtime. From the tip, it was a hotly contested affair throughout the first half. Central State used a 7-0 run late in the first half to give them a 36-30 lead heading into halftime. The Marauders built a 10 point lead in the second half, 57-47 with 8:14 to go but Benedict responded with a 11-2 run to slice to lead down to one at 59-58. Central State answered…

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