NBL 1 Preview: Round 4
ROUND 4 of the National Basketball League (NBL) Men’s 1 sees both the Diamond Valley Eagles and Southern Sabres by vying for their first win of the season in hope to kick start their campaign. The Eagles are set to face off against the 14th placed Hobart Huskies who have won two of their four games so far. Basketball Australia CoE will have the chance to win two games this round playing both Thursday and Saturday along with the Frankston Blues and Dandenong Rangers.
The Kilsyth Cobras will be looking to continue their winning streak with a victory against the lower ranked Melbourne Tigers and Geelong Supercats. Top of the table, Nunawading Spectres will also want to maintain their spot and claim another win over the weekend against Frankston. The Frankston Blues are set to host the Dandenong Rangers, Knox Raiders to play Ballarat Miners and the Ringwood Hawks facing off against the Eltham Wildcats. Some key players to watch throughout the round is Melbourne Tigers scoring machine Nic Pozoglou who tops the table with 106 points so far this season, closely followed by Basketball Australia CoE guard Alex Ducas with 104. Expect big games from Dain Swetella from the Nunawading Spectres and Bendigo Braves’ Ray Turner who have been prolific.
In Round 4 of the National Basketball League (NBL) 1 Women’s, the Bendigo Braves will want to flex their muscles and continue their unbeaten start to the season against the Launceston Tornadoes. The Dandenong Rangers are also pushing to maintain their second position on the ladder.
Having lost all of their games so far Basketball Australia CoE will be hoping to pull out all of the stops and claim their first win of the year. CoE have two opportunities to get their first points on the board with matches against Geelong and Albury. The Diamond Valley Eagles have had an up and down start to the season and are set to face the higher placed Hobart Huskies on Sunday. Look out for Bendigo Braves duo Gabrielle Richards and Kelly Wilson, who have scored 102 and 96 points respectively. Both have been hard to stop in recent weeks with Diamond Valley Eagles also reaping the rewards of Anneli Maley who has been solid across the court.
NBL 1 Round 4 fixture:
Wednesday, April 24
Frankston Blues vs. Dandenong Rangers
Thursday, April 25
Basketball Australia CoE vs. Geelong Supercats
Saturday, April 27
Albury Wodonga Bandits vs. Basketball Australia CoE
Bendigo Braves vs. NW Tasmania/Launceston Tornadoes
Dandenong Rangers vs. Melbourne Tigers
Geelong Supercats vs. Kilsyth Cobras
Knox Raiders vs. Ballarat Miners/Rush
Nunawading Spectres vs. Frankston Blues
Ringwood Hawks vs. Eltham Wildcats
Southern Sabres vs. Hobart Huskies
Sunday, April 28
Kilsyth Cobras vs. Melbourne Tigers
Diamond Valley Eagles vs. Hobart Huskies
Waverly Falcons vs. NW Tasmania/Launceston Tornadoes