Perth defeats Melbourne 97-84 to win Grand Final

From nbl.com.au : The Perth Wildcats are again the toast of the NBL winning their ninth championship on Sunday in front of 10,007 fans at Melbourne Arena. The Wildcats have won their record-extending ninth NBL championship but have clinched it on the road for the first time in 29 years beating Melbourne 97-84 in Game 4 making the statement on the road. The Grand Final Series began with strong home victories for both teams in the opening two games, but it was quite the statement Perth made on Friday night…

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Terrico White’s big night pushes Perth to 2-1 lead in Grand Finals

From nbl.com.au : The home team dominance of this series especially after half-time continued on Friday night and it was quite the remarkably emphatic second half showing by the Wildcats in front of their rowdiest home crowd of 13,412 of the season. With both Perth and Melbourne winning their opening home games of the best-of-five series on the back of coming out and dominating the start of the second half, it was a similar story on Friday night. But this time the Wildcats really rammed home their advantage on the…

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From nbl.com.au : Game five of the Hungry Jack’s NBL Grand Final Series presented by MG between the Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United will be played on Sunday March 24 if required. The game will tip off at RAC Arena in Perth at midday local time or 3pm AEDT and will be broadcast live on 9Go! and Fox Sports from 2.30pm (AEDT). NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “Scheduling game five on March 24 ensures adequate rest for both teams before the deciding game of the series. Sunday afternoon is…

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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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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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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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Damian Martin helps save man from burning home

From nbl.com.au : Written for NBL.com.au by Chris Pike Just hours after sending his Perth Wildcats top of the NBL and minutes after shaking off a death threat, Damian Martin added to his remarkable reputation by saving a man along with his dog from a burning down house. Martin is in the midst of some outstanding form on the floor over the past month and his renewed offensive aggressiveness combined with getting back to full health to be firing defensively is a big reason why Perth sits on top of…

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Cotton comes on late to lead Perth past Sydney

From nbl.com.au: The Perth Wildcats might hope for more scoreless first halves from MVP Bryce Cotton after he delivered 24 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and overtime in Sunday’s come-from-behind 95-86 win over Sydney Kings. The biggest crowd of the season, 13,520, turned out at RAC Arena to watch the Wildcats and Kings battle over finishing Round 17 in top spot, but to also move a stop closer to an all-important top two finish. Coming off Friday’s home win over Melbourne, Sydney started full of confidence having…

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Perth outclasses Sydney in 88-68 beatdown

From nbl.com.au: The demise of the Perth Wildcats was greatly exaggerated with the league’s benchmark back to some imposing form and to the top of the NBL with a dominant 88-68 victory over the Sydney Kings on Sunday. The start of Round 14 saw the Wildcats lose on the road to Adelaide to leave them in danger of seeing their remarkable playoff streak come to an end having lost seven of the past eight games. But the response from the ‘Cats has been emphatic starting with a narrow home win…

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