Five Takeaways from NBL Grand Finals games 1 and 2

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria The Grand Final Series between Perth and Melbourne is all tied up at 1-1. What have we learned so far? Rebounding on the Road With two elite defensive units going head-to-head, rebounding was always going to be a key to this series but as it turns out, it’s even more important than we thought. Why? Because so far neither team has been able to hold down their defensive glass on the road. In Perth, United grabbed four more total rebounds than the Wildcats but…

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Melbourne ties Grand Finals at 1 with 92-74 victory over Perth

From nbl.com.au: Third quarters are proving pivotal this Grand Final Series with Melbourne United coming out of the half-time break a dominant force to bounce back and beat the Perth Wildcats 92-74 in Game 2 at Melbourne Arena on Sunday. After falling to Perth in Game 1, Melbourne dominated the rebound count and turned those extra possessions into baskets in the 18-point win in front of 10,062. The best-of-five series is now tied at 1-1. Remarkably it now means that 31 of the past 34 NBL Grand Final matches have…

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Warriors plan on signing Andrew Bogut

After Andrew Bogut broke his leg 58 seconds into his Cleveland Cavaliers, it seemed we might have seen the last of the veteran big man in the NBA. However, he returned to his native Australia and continued to ply his trade in the country’s National Basketball League, playing for the Sydney Kings. In his debut season Bogut averaged 11.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and and 2.7 blocks per game and took home the League’s Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and also made the All NBL first team. After…

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Casper Ware and Chris Goulding lead Melbourne back to Grand Finals

From nbl.com.au : Casper Ware and Chris Goulding turned it on in front of a massive Qudos Bank Arena crowd to send Melbourne United through to the NBL Grand Final winning Game 2 against the Sydney Kings 90-76. The Kings were always going to hit back hard after losing Game 1 of the semi-final series in Melbourne on Thursday by 22 points. With a 14,569 strong crowd behind them, they did start well too but once Ware caught fire once more and he was joined by Goulding with plenty of…

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South East Melbourne Phoenix adds Chima Moneke for NBL20

From nbl.com.au: The South East Melbourne Phoenix have added another player to their inaugural squad, signing forward Chima Moneke. The 198 cm (6’6”) Moneke is currently playing for Denain Voltaire in the French Second Division after starring at the University of California-Davis in the US collegiate system. Moneke (pronounced Mon-ECK’-ee) joins Mitch Creek and Ben Madgen on the roster of the NBL’s newest team. “I think we have recruited a player who will be one of the NBL’s most athletic,” said Phoenix head coach Simon Mitchell. “His aggression at the rim and ability…

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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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Rob Beveridge and Illawarra agree to part ways

From nbl.com.au : The Illawarra Hawks have announced that Head Coach Rob Beveridge will not return to the club for the 2019-20 season. After four years as Head Coach of the Illawarra Hawks, the decision was a mutual one. Beveridge has concluded his contract with the Hawks after four seasons, reaching a number of milestones including coaching over 100 Illawarra Hawks games as well as over 300 games in the NBL. Hawks General Manager Mat Campbell said: “Rob Beveridge has been an integral part of the success of the Illawarra…

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Andrew Gaze to step down as Sydney Kings Head Coach after NBL Finals

Kings head coach Andrew Gaze will step down following the NBL19 Finals. The club was planning to announce Gaze’s status at the series’ conclusion , but apparently late Sunday night, the coach changed his mind and decided to let the cat out of the bag , informing the team of his decision. The club and Gaze was insistant that the parting of the ways was mutual, and that Gaze wanted to spend more time with his family. However in a seeming contradiction, Gaze said the Kings wanted to conduct an…

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Andrew Bogut wins Andrew Gaze NBL MVP Trophy

Former NBA veteran, world champion Andrew Bogut capped off his successful inaugural season in the NBL by being awarded the Andrew Gaze Trophy, which is given to the Most Valuable Player. The former no. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft garnered 83 votes to beat out Melbourne United’s Caspar Ware, who finished with 77 votes and Bryce Cotton of the Perth Wildcats, with 65 votes. Bogut was not done racking up hardware and acclaim, as was also named the NBL’s Best Defensive Player as well as earning a…

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Sydney defeats Cairns 89-84

From nbl.com.au : The Sydney Kings took care of business beating the Cairns Taipans 89-84 on Saturday at Qudos Bank Arena to give themselves a chance of ending the regular season in second position. Sydney had to beat the dangerous Taipans on their home floor on Saturday in their last game of the regular season to be any chance of finishing second to earn the home court advantage in the semi finals. That job was made more of a challenge when superstar point guard Jerome Randle didn’t suit still sore…

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