Sydney Kings captures regular season NBL crown

From nbl.com.au : The Sydney Kings celebrated winning their first NBL regular season championship in 12 years by beating a gritty Illawarra Hawks 98-82 at Qudos Bank Arena on Friday night. The Kings, who achieved the rare feat of leading the competition from go to whoa, will finish the season at least one win ahead of second-placed Perth regardless of the result of the Wildcats’ clash against Adelaide on Saturday. It’s the club’s fifth regular season championship and the first time the Kings (20-8) have topped the NBL standings and…

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Melbourne keeps hopes alive with 99-83 win over Cairns

From nbl.com.au : Melbourne United took a significant step towards salvaging their season by still reaching the post-season knocking off the finals bound Cairns Taipans in likely their best performance of #NBL20 on Thursday. With 6315 fans screaming like a sold out crowd at Melbourne Arena, United found a way to score their first win over the Taipans in four tries and keep alive their hopes of finishing in fourth place. The loss for the Snakes means they are locked into finishing in third position as their four-game winning streak…

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Boomers squad named for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

From nbl.com.au: Basketball Australia have named a 24-man Boomers squad for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup qualification games. The Boomers face New Zealand in Brisbane at Nissan Arena on February 20 before playing away to Hong Kong in their second game on February 23. The squad is headlined by 2019 FIBA World Cup team members Chris Goulding, Mitch Creek, David Barlow, Cam Gliddon and Nathan Sobey alongside emerging NBL stars including Will Magnay, Kouat Noi and Sunday Dech. Players from teams participating in the NBL Finals will not be named…

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Perth defeats SE Melbourne 97-91 in Bryce Cotton’s 100th NBL game

From nbl.com.au : The Perth Wildcats have shown the South East Melbourne Phoenix no mercy on their second trip to RAC Arena putting on a clinic in the second half to celebrate Bryce Cotton’s 100th NBL appearance with the 97-71 win. The Wildcats were back at RAC Arena for their first home game of 2020 and while the first half didn’t reach any great heights, the home team still led by 10 at the main break. Then following a brief flurry from the Phoenix early in the second half, the…

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NBL to hold first-ever Indigenous Round

From nbl.com.au: The Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL) will stage its inaugural Indigenous Round from January 29-February 2.  The round will recognise and acknowledge Indigenous culture and basketball across Australia and New Zealand. The decision to stage an Indigenous Round follows the success of last year’s Indigenous game hosted by the Illawarra Hawks.  All nine NBL teams will wear Indigenous uniforms designed by local Indigenous artists in Round 18, while the Sydney Kings’ Indigenous game will be on January 19 and South East Melbourne Phoenix’s on February 9.  All…

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NBL issues statement on LaMelo Ball

From nbl.com.au : NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger has made the following statement on LaMelo Ball after it was announced he will miss the rest of the season as he recovers from injury. “It’s a shame for LaMelo as I’m sure he would have loved to join his team out there for the end of the season, especially as they have found some winning form of late. “It’s important that he makes a return to full fitness ahead of the NBA draft and we will do everything we can to support…

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Liam Santamaria’s Round 15 NBL Studs and Duds

From nbl.com.au : At the conclusion of each round, NBL Media’s Liam Santamaria lets us know who made the grade and who deserves a little shade. STUDS Adelaide 36ers That must’ve felt good for the 36ers. In a terrific result all-round for the club, the Sixers beat up on Melbourne on Saturday night in front of a record home crowd. Joey Wright’s men were the aggressors against United as they notched up a 32-point opening quarter, eventually running away with a 14-point win. “Right from the jump we were anticipating…

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South East Melbourne signs Devondrick Walker

From nbl.com.au: The South East Melbourne Phoenix is shooting a league-leading 38.46% from beyond the arc this season. That is set to improve with the addition of sharpshooting import Devondrick Walker. The 27-year-old Texan officially became the Phoenix’s replacement for import centre Keith Benson today and will add to the teams already impressive offensive arsenal. “I’m excited to join the Phoenix; it’s a new club with a healthy aspiration of getting to the top of the playoffs. Every game matters at this point so it’s an exciting time of year…

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New Zealand Breakers suspend Glen Rice Jr indefinitely

from nbl.com.au : Glen Rice’s NBL playing career finds itself in limbo. The former Georgia Tech standout and Washington Wizard was suspended indefinitely by the New Zealand Breakers. The suspension comes after Rice Jr was arrested last week after an incident outside an Auckland bar. Rice plead not guilty to charge of injuring with intent to injure. He has opted to trial by judge instead of a jury trail. The Breakers, who Rice Jr signed with only days ago, released the following statement: On the night that players from the…

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NBL Round 3 Preview: Illawarra Hawks v SE Melbourne Phoenix

From nbl.com.au: When: 8pm (AEDT), Saturday 19 October Where: Melbourne Arena Broadcast: ESPN; Sky Sports NZ; SBS On Demand The last time SE Melbourne 116 (Kelly 21, Mackinnon 20, Ronaldson 17, Smith 17) d Illawarra 73 (Hatcher 18, Ritter 13, Campbell 12), Round 15, 1998, Melbourne Park It wasn’t pretty the last time SE Melbourne welcomed the Hawks to town, now Cairns Taipans coach Mike Kelly racking up 21 points at 80 per cent as the hosts ran up a cricket score and downed the men from the ‘Gong by 43 points. Current…

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