NBL 1 Men’s weekend preview: Round 3

AFTER a five-game two-round period, Australia’s future basketball stars get a break in Round 3, as Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence have a bye over the weekend. Of those teams that can plan for a big weekend, Melbourne Tigers will double up against Waverley Falcons and Knox Raiders, Frankston Blues will have a day’s break between a home game against Geelong Supercats and travelling to Bendigo on Sunday, while Geelong will do the opposite when they host Eltham Wildcats on Sunday. It will also be the second game for Eltham, having played Nunawading Spectres on Friday night. Bendigo Braves double up with a Saturday game against Kilsyth Cobras, while Knox Raiders face both the Tigers and Southern Sabres and the Cobras face the Braves and Ringwood Hawks.

In what will be a historic first, Hobart Huskies take on their fellow Tasmanian side in North West Thunder on Saturday, while in the other two games, Albury Wodonga Bandits host Diamond Valley Eagles, and Dandenong Rangers welcome Ballarat Miners – both games on Saturday. Among the players to watch to see if they can continue their good scoring form are Nunawading Spectres’ Dain Swetalla and Waverley Falcons’ Deondre McWhorter, while Albury Wodonga’s Torren Jones and Bendigo Braves’ Ray Turner are some to watch on the defensive boards.

Round 3 Fixture:

Friday, April 12:

Frankston Blues vs. Geelong Supercats
Nunawading Spectres vs. Eltham Wildcats

Saturday, April 13:

Albury Wodonga Bandits vs. Diamond Valley Eagles
Dandenong Rangers vs. Ballarat Miners
Hobart Huskies vs. North West Thunder
Kilsyth Cobras vs. Bendigo Braves
Southern Sabres vs. Knox Raiders
Waverley Falcons vs. Melbourne Tigers

Sunday, April 14:

Knox Raiders vs. Melbourne Tigers
Ringwood Hawks vs. Kilsyth Cobras
Bendigo Braves vs. Frankston Blues
Geelong Supercats vs. Eltham Wildcats

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