Liam Santamaria’s Round 18 NBL Studs and Duds

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria The Snakes finished the season with some bite, the Wildcats claimed top spot and Lamarvellous fired Brisbane into the playoffs. Here, for the final time this season, is your weekly dose of studs and duds. STUDS Cairns Taipans After a rough ol’ season the Taipans finished NBL19 with a bang, upsetting Melbourne to essentially deny the defending champs a first-place finish. The Snakes narrowly lost to Sydney on Saturday but their efforts against United were enough to earn an end-of season shout-out in the…

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Liam Santamaria’s Week 17 Studs and Duds

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria Bryce Cotton is a gift from the Basketball Gods and Damian Martin is the hero we all deserve. STUDS Bryce Cotton (Perth Wildcats) What Bryce Cotton did across the final 16 minutes yesterday was one hundred percent pure basketball brilliance. As Perth’s clash with Sydney approached three-quarter time, and with the Wildcats trailing by 8, Cotton was 0-for-10 and had not scored a single point for the afternoon. That’s before a backcourt steal by Clint Steindl gifted him a rare open look, sparking a…

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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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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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