NBL: Breakers hold on to defeat Taipans

Via the National Basketball League The New Zealand Breakers continue to be the great enigma of the NBL but they delivered three strong quarters on Monday night in the Tropical Far North to hold out the Cairns Taipans in a thrilling finish 84-83. The Breakers hadn’t played since a 19-point loss to the Sydney Kings eight days ago and that was just four days following their stunning 23-point victory over the Illawarra Hawks. They put both the best and worst of those performances all into one game at the Cairns…

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From the National Basketball League : The Sydney Kings set up an impressive lead and this time were able to hold off the charge of the Perth Wildcats to make it back-to-back wins with the 95-81 triumph on Sunday. The Kings had a couple of rough losses after giving up winning positions before a dominant 24-point win last Sunday over the Brisbane Bullets.  They had a week to then prepare for the Wildcats to come to town but it was going to be a test with the ‘Cats off two…

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Round 9 NBL22 Injury Updates

Like any sports league, injuries are an unfortunate part of any NBL season and here are the latest round of injury reports from the league. Courtesy of the clubs and the NBL: Adelaide 36ers The 36ers will be without off-season recruit and captain Mitch McCarron due to COVID healthy and safety protocols for their Friday night game against the Tasmania JackJumpers. Big man Isaac Humphries also remains sidelined with a right knee injury. South East Melbourne Phoenix The Phoenix will be without big man Zhou Qi due to illness and…

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Vol 4: NBL22 Awards Watch

Via Peter Hooley of nbl.com.au : After a tough period over the last few weeks, the NBL is back in full swing. Across this tricky stretch, we have seen some players and teams take a little while to get back to their full potential, and we have seen others make an instant impact. With an abundance of games on the horizon, let’s take a look at who sits where on the Awards list. Most Valuable Player When it comes to major awards, MVP is the one award where a team’s…

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Injury Updates: NBL22 Round 9

Courtesy of nbl.com.au: Here are the latest updates out of every Club when it comes to injuries and player availability. This page will be updated as news is released by Clubs leading into their respective games. Adelaide 36ers The 36ers will be without off-season recruit and captain Mitch McCarron due to COVID healthy and safety protocols for their Friday night game against the Tasmania JackJumpers. Big man Isaac Humphries also remains sidelined with a right knee injury. Tasmania JackJumpers Russian Next Star Nikita Mikhailovskii returns to the JackJumpers lineup for…

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Fracas erupts in SE Melbourne/ Melbourne United game

Via abc.net.au : A Mitch Creek dunk has sparked a melee in South East Melbourne Phoenix’s spiteful 94-86 Throwdown XIII victory over Melbourne United at John Cain Arena. Key points: The Phoenix’s Mitch Creek was knocked to the ground by United’s Mason Peatling, before a melee broke out Peatling was ejected from the game for his role in the incident With its 94-86 win, The Phoenix remains undefeated after three games Creek spectacularly dunked over United’s Matthew Dellavedova late in the third quarter, before he stood over his Australian Boomers teammate, who…

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NBL News: National Basketball League announces tip-off date for 2021-22 campaign

From nbl.com.au: The National Basketball League (NBL) has announced the highly anticipated 2021/22 Hungry Jack’s NBL season will commence on Thursday, November 18. The competition is riding a wave of unprecedented momentum following a history-making, multi-million-dollar broadcast deal and a significant uplift in interest and anticipation off the back of the Australian Boomers’ bronze medal win at the Tokyo Olympics. Hungry Jack’s NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said: “It is an exciting day for the league and an extremely exciting time for basketball in general. “Having a start date confirmed for…

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NBL News: Corey Webster and NZ Breakers part ways

From nbl.com.au: The New Zealand Breakers are parting ways with star Shooting Guard Corey Webster. The departure is by mutual consent despite two years still to run on his contract. The 32-year-old is the fifth most capped player in Breakers’ history behind Tom Abercrombie, Mika Vukona, Paul Henare, and Alex Pledger. He finishes his career at the Breakers, having played 236 games over 11 seasons, and was part of the team that won NBL championships in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Webster has had four separate stints at the club stretching…

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NBL News: Makur Maker signs with Kings as part of Next Stars

From nbl.com.au: The Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL) is pleased to announce Makur Maker will join the Brydens Lawyers Sydney Kings as part of the NBL Next Stars program. Maker joins a Kings program that has become a breeding ground for NBA talent over recent years and the 20-year-old will be aiming to improve his stocks ahead of next year’s NBA Draft. Former Sydney players Didi Louzada (New Orleans Pelicans) and Jae’Sean Tate (Houston Rockets) are now thriving in the NBA, while former Kings coach Will Weaver is an…

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NBL News: Breakers sign PG Peyton Silva

From nbl.com.au: The Sky Sport Breakers have confirmed the signing of US point guard Peyton Siva as their first import for NBL22. 30-year-old Siva and his family are in a MIQ facility in Rotorua and will complete quarantine on Wednesday. Siva arrives having played 26 games for EuroLeague club Alba Berlin last season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 assists, and 1.2 steals. Siva became a free agent at the end of the 2021 season and was expected to stay in Europe before being snapped up by the Breakers. “In all honesty,…

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