A capacity crowd will be in the house for Grand Final games

From nbl.com.au: A capacity of 5,000 fans will be able to attend Games 3-5 of the Hungry Jack’s NBL Grand Final at John Cain Arena.  Game three of the best of five Grand Final series between Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats will take place on Friday night at 7:30pm AEST at John Cain Arena. United leads the series 2-0. Hungry Jack’s NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said: “We are thrilled that 5,000 fans will be able to attend Melbourne United’s home games in the Grand Final.  “United finished on top of the ladder…

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Mitch Creek exercises NBL22 Player Option with SE Melbourne Phoenix

From nbl.com.au: South East Melbourne Phoenix star Mitch Creek has recommitted to the club for the NBL22 season, opting to trigger the player option on his contract and remain with the team. Creek was the Phoenix’s inaugural marquee signing in 2019 and will now enter his third season at the franchise. The 29-year-old won the club’s inaugural season MVP award and is a chance to make it two in a row, having just been named in the All-NBL Second Team. Creek led his side to their first finals appearance this…

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Melbourne gets tough win over New Zealand 84-78

From nbl.com.au: Melbourne United leaned heavily on its stars and they came up with the goods in a gritty 84-78 win over the New Zealand Breakers on Saturday night. Jock Landale (15 points, 11 rebounds), Scotty Hopson (19 points, three assists) and Chris Goulding (12 points, four assists) all stepped up to make sure their club secured a win over the Breakers despite an inspiring 31-point haul from budding New Zealand star Finn Delany. The win sees Melbourne’s record improve to 16-5 while the Breakers drop to 5-13. With the…

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Liam Santamaria’s Round 4 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 Ben Moore (South East Melbourne Phoenix) The Phoenix were terrific on Sunday as they dealt the Hawks their first loss and the man who sparked their intensity was undoubtedly Ben Moore. Perfectly playing his role as an impact big off the bench, Moore put up an impressive 15-point, 15-rebound double-double while also recording 2 assists, a steal and 3 blocked shots. “He’s a play-maker…

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National Basketball League reinstates Illawarra Hawks name

from nbl.com.au: The Hungry Jack’s NBL has agreed to reinstate the name of foundation Club, the Illawarra Hawks. The decision follows the Club reaching its membership target of 4379 this season and increased corporate support from the local community. The Illawarra Hawks will play their first home game of the season tomorrow night against Melbourne United at the WIN Entertainment Centre at 7.30pm AEDT. NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman said: “Last November the owners of The Hawks approached the NBL and expressed their desire to reinstate the Club’s…

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NBL: Humphries and Giddey lead 36ers to victory over Breakers

From nbl.com.au: It was anything but a two-man show, but Isaac Humphries and Josh Giddey showed they are going to help make the Adelaide 36ers tough to beat this season leading the Sixers to an 88-78 over the New Zealand Breakers. The 36ers were playing their fifth consecutive home game at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night and on the back of a flying start, and with Humphries and Giddey showing the way, the Sixers led from go to woe to win by 10. It’s the first time the 36ers…

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NBL announces changes to opening round of NBL21

From nbl.com.au: The NBL has announced changes to the schedule for the opening round of the 2020-21 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season. The NBL will now stage games exclusively in South Australia and Queensland for the opening round. The games will be as follows: ROUND 1 Friday January 15Adelaide 36ers v Melbourne United, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 7.30pm Saturday January 16Brisbane Bullets v TBC, Nissan Arena, 5.30pm (TBC) Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings, Cairns Pop-Up Arena, 8pm Sunday January 17Adelaide 36ers v South East Melbourne Phoenix, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 3pm Monday January…

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Accessing every NBL21 roster

From Liam Santamaria at nbl.com.au: Can you believe it? After the longest off-season in NBL history we’re now only two weeks from opening night. NBL21 is just around the corner! So, as we approach the start of the season, let’s take stock of where each club currently sits in terms of their roster. Of course, most teams are locked, loaded and ready to go. Some, however, still have a final piece to add to their puzzle. As a bit of a snapshot, I’ve listed each squad’s returning players, their new…

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NBL21 Free Agency: SE Melbourne signs Keifer Sykes

From nbl.com.au: The South East Melbourne Phoenix have announced the signing of high-flying American point guard Keifer Sykes as their second import on a one-year deal. The 26-year-old Chicago native has played for a number of clubs across the world – most recently at EuroLeague giants Panathinaikos – since finishing a stellar college career at Green Bay. He’s also represented Cleveland, Golden State and Denver at the NBA Summer League, and the Austin Spurs in the NBA G-League. Sykes won two Horizon League Player of the Year awards at college,…

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Brisbane Bullets sign former Magic two way player Vic Law

From nbl.com.au: The Brisbane Bullets have secured their second and final import for the 2020/21 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season with the signing of recent NBA player Vic Law. Law is coming off a 2019/20 season where he played for the Orlando Magic and their G-League affiliate the Lakeland Magic. The 24-year-old appeared in nine games for Orlando, which included a 10-point performance against the New Orleans Pelicans in August in the NBA bubble.  The 6’7” small forward made the 2020 All-NBA G-League Third Team after averaging 19.7 points, 8.1 rebounds…

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