ROUND 4 saw Melo Trimble continue his hot start to the season, Andrew Bogut answer his critics and a premier match-up that was slow to get started!
Melo Trimble leading all scorers
Cairns Taipans star, Melo Trimble has come out of the blocks firing in 2018. The guard out of Maryland has averaged 26.6 points per game so far. While it is too early to tell if Trimble is going to keep this hot streak up, it is a great sign for a Cairns team who was desperate for more scoring after last season.
Andrew Bogut producing big numbers
When Sydney signed Andrew Bogut, there were many who doubted his ability to still be an effective player in any professional league, after missing so much time with injury. Bogut has been a dominant force in the defensive paint and has averaged 3.1 blocks per game. This is far and away the highest amount with Melbourne United star, Josh Boone coming in second place with 1.7 blocks per game. Bogut is the only player to have three or more blocks in his first six games of the season.
The game between the Sydney Kings and Melbourne United on Monday night was extremely slow to get going. In fact, it was the lowest scoring first half of any game so far this year, with only 64 points. The previous lowest half total for the year was 70 in the match-up between Cairns and Adelaide. Sydney Kings only scored 11 points in the first quarter, the lowest by any team this season in one quarter.
Perth Wildcats getting lucky?
There was only eight fouls called in the Perth Wildcats’ game against New Zealand on the weekend. This was the lowest amount ever recorded for the Wildcats in the 1161 games they have played in the NBL. It is a remarkable stat considering the amount of scrutiny the players are under and the changing nature of the game.