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NBL1 Central Men’s preview: Round 1 – New era to tip off

A NEW era of National Basketball League (NBL)1 competition begins on Saturday with the NBL1 Central tipping off with the five games played across the Adelaide.

Wayville | Women @6.45pm | Men @ 8.30pm

Our Round 1 featured game of the weekend sees the reigning premiers taking on Woodville Warriors at Wayville with the home fans no doubt getting along to show their support. In the men’s match tipping off at 8.30, the the Eagles will look to overcome the loss of Majok Deng, though fellow NBL players in Brendan Teys and Michael Harris are still in the side and combined for 37 points, nine rebounds and seven assists last season in what will still be a formidable duo. Throw in ex-Flames star, Brandon Brine to the mix who will replace Deng’s massive frame off the boards with his almost double-double average in 2019, along with Greg Mays who is also a prominent rebounder making four players who could combine for almost 80 points alone. Kane De Wit is a playmaker who will come in as a crucial cog in getting it to the scorers, whilst Jake Rios will provide good rotation on court.

Little is known about how the Warriors will perform this season after an eighth placed finish last year and will certainly go into this match as underdogs. With Devon McGee crossing from bottom side Eastern Mavericks, he will team up with last year’s top player in James Boonstoppel to try and create a two-pronged attacked. Norwood’s Bryan McGriff will also run out with the Warriors this year, while American import, Joey Hewitt will add a different dimension on court. They might not be predicted to take down the Eagles in this clash, but a competitive on-court effort would go a long way to giving the side confidence that it can progress up the latter and put in an improved performance in 2020. With the reigning premiers likely to celebrate last year’s title in front of home fans, there will no doubt be the challenge of one-sided support, so the Warriors will need to be at their best to cause an upset.

St Francis | Women @ 6.30pm | Men @ 8.15pm

Across at St Francis in the first game of the day, the competition’s most successful unit will hope to overcome a home court advantage and take down a Mavericks side which is missing one of its top players from last season. With McGee swapping his Mavericks jersey for an Eagles one, Eastern head in as an unknown quantity, though finishing on the bottom of the ladder and will hope Dane Miller and Dante Thompson can help them move up from the cellar dwelling position. West Adelaide should start off with a win, though they will be without Bryan Jefferson and Tom Kubank this season, and will require the next tier of players to step up and really take the game on.

The Lights | Women @ 7pm | Men @ 8.45pm

Both these teams had respectable finishes last year, making finals and then picking up big-name recruits from the Adelaide 36ers. When it comes to the most entertaining game of the round, this could well be it with the teams hosting a number of start players. North Adelaide has to be considering a huge title contender despite the departure of Alex Starling and Bijan Johnson. They have plucked out Anthony Drmic to join up with Jack McVeigh and the pair will cause all sorts of headaches for the opposition at this level. Many could not wait for former Tigers’ teammates Drmic and CJ Turnage to go head-to-head, with the latter joining the Flames along with an NBL teammate of Drmic’s in Akol Deng. With the experienced Andrew Webber in the side and Matthew Lycett also still there to cover the losses of Brine and James Legan, this has the potential to be a high-scoring contest.

Marion | Women @ 7pm | Men @ 8.45pm

There will be some real question marks over both these teams this season and this game might give fans a bit more of an idea into how they might perform after some change. The Panthers lost their top player from 2019 with Zach Allmon departing the club, but have replaced him with North Adelaide’s Starling who provides a similar elite ability off the boards and has a higher potential of pick-pocketing opposition players. With Tanner Giddings joining from NBL Canada as well, the second last Panthers will hope some tactic changes and fresh faces can see a rise up the table. They are also playing the one team that has been the hardest hit over the off-season following an week one finals loss in 2019. Southern Tigers will be without Drmic, Turnage and Devin Gilligan who all propelled them to finals action, and it will be up to the likes of American imports Viont’e Daniels and Koop McCalop, as well as former Lion, Jordan Centenera to try and keep the team afloat in the finals positions.

Pasadena | Women @ 7pm | Men @ 8.45pm

A couple of sides that will be hoping to go better than last season are Sturt Sabres and Central District Lions with the pair missing finals. Alex Mudronja is the key signing for the Sabres after some NBL experience with the 36ers, joining Dylan Rawson who was strong as the standout shooter at the club. There are a number of key players who have all left Sturt over the off-season, so the new blood, including young gun Hayden Meakes, will be out to prove a point and keep the Sabres in touch with the top sides despite lacking some of the known quality in the competition. Central District were a spot outside of finals last season, but also six wins behind fifth, so realistically the Lions know they have a lot of work to do. Jimma Dau is one of the more exciting players in the competition and will be crucial in determining the Lions’ fortunes, while American imports, Spencer Williams and Gebereal Baitey will hope to steady the ship at both ends. Magok Manyang taking on fellow Under 20 National Championships, Meakes will be a great battle with Manyang renowed for his rebounding ability for South Australia, while Meakes can be a danger from long range. This is an evenly poised contest with Mudronja possibly pushing Sturt into favouritism on the Sabres’ home court.

NBL1 Central Men’s 2020 season preview

THE countdown is on to the National Basketball League (NBL)1 season, and we take a look at the Central men’s competition and go team-by-team for the season ahead. Historically West Adelaide is the strongest side with 15 titles across its history, while Forestville Eagles have won four titles in the past decade, slightly ahead of Southern Tigers (two).

Central District Lions

Team: Jimma Dau, James Adcock, Joel Offereins, Gebereal Baitey, Spencer Williams
2019: 6th (8-12)
Titles: 1

The Lions missed out on finals last season by one spot and will be hungry to sneak inside the top five under the rebranded NBL1 Central competition. They have only officially named the five players to-date, with Jimma Dau (12 points, seven rebounds in his only game last year) back and James Adcock looking for more minutes having crossed from the Southern Tigers. A couple of American imports and Spencer Williams and Gebereal Baitey give the Lions an element of surprise heading into the season. Central District has one title to its name, back in 1984, but has not tasted success since.

Eastern Mavericks

Team: Dane Miller, Dante Thompson
2019: 11th (3-17)
Titles: 1

The Mavericks broke through for their maiden title back in 2004, but have not had the same success since. Last season was a real down year for the Mavericks, finishing on the bottom of the table with just three wins from 20 matches. Last season, Brandon Morris was a huge influence on the side, putting up ridiculous numbers of 25.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game but has not been officially named in the side this year. Devon McGee has headed to Woodville this year after being prominent off the boards, while Novian Cherry was the other player who has not officially been named to play yet. Dane Miller comes into the side as a former G-League player, while fellow American, Dante Thompson joins as a power forward from Spain.

Forestville Eagles

Team: Brendan Teys, Christian Artacho, Cameron Bell, Brandon Brine, Zac Camerlengo, Jalen Croxton, Kane de Wit, Mitchell Dix, Michael Harris, Greg Mays, Jake Rios, Todd Winter
2019: 2nd (16-4) – Premiers
Titles: 8

The reigning premiers came from second to knock off minor premiers, Mt Gambier Pioneers in the grand final. The Eagles had a strong season with 16 wins from 20 games and added title number eight to the trophy cabinet. They have a couple of Adelaide 36ers on their list, with Brendan Teys (19.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals) and teammate, Michael Harris (19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists) re-signing. Majok Deng is a huge out though after 26.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season, though Greg Mays (21.1 points, 10.9 rebounds) and Jake Rios (10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds) are still there to round out a great rotation. Kane De Wit is another who will provide great assistance off the boards with an average of 8.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 8.5 assists and 2.3 steals. A big inclusion to the list is former Norwood player, Brandon Brine who averaged 18.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game which will put the Eagles into serious premiership contention.

North Adelaide Rockets

Team: Jack McVeigh, Adam Schild, Alex Schild, Nick Marshall, Dylan Marshall, Darcy Aistrope, Kyle McNaughton, Yaak Yaak, Tobias Dowdell, Matt Trandafil, Josh Graetz, Anthony Drmic, Gab Saldavia, Riley Harrap, Ray Harding, Fiston Ipassou, Luke Pike
2019: 3rd (6-14) – Semi-final loss
Titles: 5

North Adelaide is the most successful women’s side, but since winning the first three titles in the South Australian state league competition in the men’s, the Rockets have won just two more, in 1983 and 2007. They finished third last season and picked up a massive coup over the off-season with the recruitment of former Southern Tigers’ and Adelaide 36ers player, Anthony Drmic who averaged 27.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals. Teaming up with fellow 36er, Jack McVeigh (24.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists), the Rockets will have a dominant duo on the scoring end. It will also make up for the fact that Alex Starling has headed south to the Panthers. Bijan Johnson has also departed the club, while Tobias Dowdell returns after a strong effort of 14.3 points and 9.1 rebounds last season. One of the title contenders this year.

Norwood Flames

Team: CJ Turnage, Akol Deng, Andrew Webber, Ashley Mitchell, Aydan Jannsan, Cameron Heufner, Daniel Barker, Daniel Webber, Jordan Wilson, Luca Barei, Lucas Valk, Matthew Fauser, Matthew Long, Matthew Lycett, Ryan Giradi
2019: 5th (14-6) – Preliminary final exit
Titles: 4

Norwood finished fifth in an even final ladder where the Flames were actually six games clear of sixth. They knocked off Southern Tigers and North Adelaide Rockets in the first two weeks of finals before dropping out in the preliminary finals. With the top two scorers in James Legan and Brine both departing the club, Norwood will look to Matthew Lycett (14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists) to pick up the slack and try and keep the Flames in finals contention. Adelaide 36ers’ Akol Deng is an important inclusion to the side, while CJ Turnage has joined the Flames from the Tigers after a massive 28.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game last year. Also, who could forget Andrew Webber‘s buzzer beater in the championship game of 2008 to hand Norwood a title – the third in their history – with the most recent title coming in 2015.

South Adelaide Panthers

Team: Tanner Giddings, Alex Starling, Brad Jonnek, Sam Johns, Isaiah Omamogho, Adam Brown, Codey Ellison, Finn Shead, Andrew Barton, Todd Davies, Elijah Minear-Kulpinski, Stewart Lawson, Matt Regenass, Kristian Garin, Malachai Ah Matt, Levi Haggett
2019: 10th (4-16)
Titles: 10

Despite being the second most successful team in the competition’s history, South Adelaide had a poor year last season with just four wins from 20 games. Having finished second last on the ladder and losing their top player in Zach Allmon (26.7 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals) the Panthers will need to find a way to rebuild up the ladder, but have brought in Starling from North Adelaide after putting up 21.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.2 blocks last season. Tanner Giddings has signed on having experienced the NBL Canada, while Brad Jonnek (11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists) returns for his second season. It will be a bit of an unknown this season, but hopefully for the Panthers they can rise up the ladder.

Southern Tigers

Team: Koop McCalop, Jordan Centenera, Viont’e Daniels, Dave Humphries, Craig Catford, Nick Wurm, Harrison Mills, Brandon Holloway
2019: 4th (14-6) – Elimination final loss
Titles: 5

The Tigers reached the finals last year after winning the title back in 2018, but were bundled out in the elimination final. Having lost their three best players in Drmic, Turnage and Devin Gilligan (23.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals) over the off-season, it could be a worrying time for the Tigers. They have added some serious excitement though with Harlem Globetrotter, Koop McCalop signing on to play in the yellow and black this year. Jordan Centenera (8.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists) has come across from Central District, with the majority of the list new to the club and going through a rebuilding phase.

Sturt Sabres

Team: Joel Dyer, Matthew Rule, Mike Shortt, Joel Spear, Toby Hunt, Harry Reemst, Alex Mudronja, Sebastian Griffin, Daniel Nash, Hayden Meakes, Taine Mitchell, Ben Griscti, Jordan West, Cale Matthews, Nicholas Fassos, Dylan Rawson, Max Calligeros, Tom Goodall
2019: 9th (4-16)
Titles: 5

A disappointing season for the Sabres, finishing right down in the bottom three in ninth. Dylan Rawson was the standout shooter with 14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, but they will need to find more this year if the Sabres are to be a threat. Alex Mudronja (12.3 points. 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists) is back again, but a number of players such as CJ Rivers, Tim Klaosen and Nikolas Desantis have all departed the club meaning the new talents will need to come in and provide an impact. Michael Shortt captained the club last season and returned this year, working hard off the bench.

West Adelaide Bearcats

Team: Nick Bowler, Dellan Brown, Luke Cadzow, Patrick Ciganovic, Mitch Hilton, Lachlan Hunter, Mitchell Hunter, Fabian Johnson, Angus Kubank, Cal Kubank, Lewis Rowe, Robert Sampson, Nate Sheppard, Mitchell Slater, Anthony Spadavecchia, Hunter Wren
2019: 7th (7-13)
Titles: 15

The most successful club in competition history, West Adelaide has claimed 15 titles over the years. While they have only won once since 1996 (2017), the Bearcats were almost unbeatable over a 16-year period between 1967 and 1982 when they won a whopping 11 titles, of which five came consecutively from 1978-1982. In saying this, recent history has not been as kind to them, and the Bearcats finished seventh last year missing out on the finals. With Bryan Jefferson (22.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists) and Tom Kubank (16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds) both out it will make it tough for the side this season. With a number of players departing the club, West Adelaide will also look for Luke Cadzow to have more minutes, crossing from the Panthers over the off-season, while Nate Sheppard and Fabian Johnson are a couple of players who are in line to step up for the Bearcats.

Woodville Warriors

Team: Bryan McGriff, Joey Hewitt, Devon McGee
2019: 8th (7-13)
Titles: 3

The Warriors finished eighth last season, seven wins off the pace for finals and have just the three titles to their name. They have all come this century though, winning in 2000, 2005 and 2014. Last season was a down year for the club, and just three new players have been confirmed for the roster via the NBL1 site, with McGee (13.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks) crossing from Eastern Mavericks, Bryan McGriff coming from Norwood and Joey Hewitt coming in from Whitman College in the US. James Boonstoppel was the best player for the Warriors last season with numbers of 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals, whilst Luke Stanbridge was great off the boards with 19.3 points and 9.1 rebounds.

NBL Round 15 review: Mid-table logjam as finals approach

CAIRNS Taipans grabbed third spot, South East Melbourne Phoenix moved out of the bottom two, and Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings showed why they are the two teams to beat in what was a big round of action in the National Basketball League (NBL).

Cairns Taipans (85) defeated New Zealand Breakers (79)

Cairns broke New Zealand’s five-game winning streak with a thrilling six-point victory at home on Thursday night thanks to a strong second quarter. The Taipans trailed by five points at the first break, but turned the game around in the next quarter with a 30-19 term to lead by six at half-time. New Zealand got back on top in the third term, posting 20-14 and levelled the scores at the final break. It was the home side that stepped up in the last stanza, claiming a vital win to leapfrog Melbourne United into third spot on the NBL ladder. Scott Machado led the way with 29 points, seven rebounds and three assists, well helped by D.J. Newbill (20 points, four rebounds and three steals) and Cameron Oliver (14 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks) for the Taipans. Scotty Hopson had a costly 10 turnovers, but still managed 18 points for the Breakers, as well as eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals. Thomas Abercrombie (16 points, seven rebounds) was strong off the boards, while the Breakers’ best could well have been Robert Loe off the bench, posting a team-high 24 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

DC Medal: 3 – Scott Machado (CT), 2 – Robert Loe (NZ) , 1 – D.J. Newbill (CT)

Illawarra Hawks (77) defeated by Perth Wildcats (99)

Perth maintained a two-win gap inside the top two with an important 22-point victory over Illawarra on the road. The Hawks are anchored to the bottom of the table and barring a complete revival, will win this season’s wooden spoon. The Wildcats, with the introduction of seven-year NBA player Miles Plumlee coming off the bench, showed why they are a premiership contender with a strong first half. Perth posted 54 points to 36 in the first two quarters to lead by 18 points at the main break. Determined not to be blown away, the Hawks picked up after the break to win the third quarter, 24-19, but were soon outclassed again in the last with a 26-17 term as the Wildcats cruised to a 99-77 victory. Bryce Cotton led the way once again with 23 points, four rebounds, six assists and four steals on the night, while Nick Kay picked up a double-double courtesy of his 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Terrico White (17 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals) was strong once again, while Plumlee finished his debut with six points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks. For the Hawks, Todd Blanchfield was the standout thanks to 26 points and eight rebounds, while Sunday Dech (15 points, five rebounds) and Daniel Grida (11 points, three rebounds) were the other two players to reach double-figure points.

DC Medal: 3 – Bryce Cotton (PW), 2 – Nick Kay (PW), 1 – Todd Blanchfield (IH)

Sydney Kings (92) defeated Cairns Taipans (83)

After riding high from a win on Thursday night, Cairns Taipans were unable to topple the ladder-leading Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena. The Taipans showed enough to suggest they are deserving of finals, matching it with the Kings for three quarters, but it was the first term that ultimately cost them. Sydney got away to a seven-point lead in the opening term and from there managed to hold the visitors at bay, winning the final two quarters by a point and breaking even in the second term to ensure the margin had enough breathing space with the eventual nine-point victory. Casper Ware and Daniel Kickert topped the Kings’ point-scorers with 18 apiece, the latter of whom set up the home side in the opening term. Jae’Sean Tate posted 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals on the night, while Brad Newley (13 points, three rebounds) and Andrew Bogut (six points, eight rebounds) were also impressive. Majok Deng was the top scorer for the Taipans, sinking 18 points, as well as six rebounds, while Machado (16 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals), Newbill (15 points, seven assists and three steals) and Mirko Djeric (14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals) also contributed in the unlucky defeat.

DC Medal: 3 – Scott Machado (CT), 2 – Jae’Sean Tate (SK), 1 – Daniel Kickert (SK)

Adelaide 36ers (100) defeated Melbourne United (86)

A Jerome Randle inspired Adelaide 36ers survived a challenge from top four side Melbourne United to post a 14-point win at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday night. The victory meant the home side moved just half a game out from United who look far from secured in the finals spots. The 36ers started strongly to lead by eight points at the first break, before United hit back to cut the deficit to five at the main break. Adelaide regained control in the second half and never let it go despite the visiting side’s best efforts, posting 47 points to 38 in order to run out 100-86 victors. Randle was a star throughout but stepped up in the last quarter, posting 23 points, three rebounds and three assists, well aided by big men, Eric Griffin (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Daniel Johnson (19 points, seven rebounds). Brendan Teys (11 points, four assists and three rebounds) and Anthony Drmic (nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals) were also impressive on the night. For United, Chris Goulding (26 points, three rebounds and two assists) led the way in scoring, while Shawn Long‘s sensational season rolled on thanks to yet another double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Mitch McCarron just missed out on a double-double following numbers of 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Melo Trimble was quiet with five points and five assists.

DC Medal: 3 – Jerome Randle (AD), 2 – Eric Griffin (AD), 1 – Shawn Long (MU)

New Zealand Breakers (85) defeated by Brisbane Bullets (95)

After five consecutive wins on the trot, Round 15 proved to be an unlucky one for the Breakers, dropping both games over the weekend, with the latest being a 10-point loss to Brisbane at home. Normally steady on home soil, it was not the Breakers’ night after the Bullets slammed home 34 points to 21 in the second term to race away to a 10-point advantage at half-time. New Zealand clawed its way back to a five-point deficit by the final break, but that went back out to 10 by the last buzzer following a 26-21 final term in favour of the visitors. Lamar Patterson was simply sensational again for the Bullets, putting up numbers of 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Matt Hodgson produced a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. EJ Singler was not far behind thanks to his 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists, while Taylor Braun also helped himself to 14 points and two rebounds. Hopson was a shining light for the Breakers with 14 points, four rebounds and six assists, aided by Abercrombie (17 points, four rebounds) and Sek Henry (17 points, three rebounds and two assists).

DC Medal: 3 – Lamar Patterson (BB), 2 – Matt Hodgson (BB), 1 – Scotty Hopson (NZ)

Illawarra Hawks (82) defeated by South East Melbourne Phoenix (90)

In the final match of the round, South East Melbourne Phoenix maintained a spot in the finals race thanks to an eight-point win over cellar dwellers, Illawarra Hawks. It was the Hawks’ second loss at home over the weekend, as the Phoenix moved ahead of the Breakers following their disastrous run of form over the past couple of months which saw the league’s newest side drop to eighth on the table. Now only a couple of games outside the top four, the Phoenix can regroup, which started with a come-from-behind victory against the Hawks. Illawarra led by eight points at quarter time, but it was the Phoenix after that, securing an eight-point lead themselves at half-time then blowing it out to 13 by the final break. The home side cut the final deficit back to eight by the buzzer, but it was to no avail, going down 82-90. Dane Pineau‘s form continued after a mammoth double-double with 14 points – at 100 per cent from the field no less – as well as 18 rebounds – 14 defensive – and three blocks. He was far from alone on the scoring front with Kendall Stephens putting up 20 points, six rebounds and two steals, while Ben Madgen (17 points, three rebounds and five assists) and John Roberson (12 points, two rebounds and seven assists) covered for Mitch Creek in his quietest game for the season with just eight points, four rebounds and two assists. For the Hawks, Blanchfield again led the scoring with 15 points, as well as two rebounds, two assists and three steals, while Sam Froling (13 points, 11 rebounds) was the home side’s best, and Dech (13 points, five rebounds and two assists) and Grida (13 points) equalled his scoring output.

DC Medal: 3 – Dane Pineau (SEM), 2 – Kendall Stephens (SEM), 1 – Sam Froling (IH)

DC Medal Leaderboard:

32 – Bryce Cotton (PW)
31 – Lamar Patterson (BB)
30 –
29 –
28 – Shawn Long (MU)
27 –
26 –
25 –
24 – Mitch Creek (SEM)
23 – Scott Machado (CT), Jae’Sean Tate (SK)
22 –
21 – Casper Ware (SK), Melo Trimble (MU)
20 – LaMelo Ball (IH), Jerome Randle (AD)
19 –
18 –
17 – John Roberson (SEM), Cameron Oliver (CT)
16 –
15 – Nick Kay (PW)
14 – Daniel Johnson (AD)
13 – Andrew Bogut (SK)
12 – Eric Griffin (AD)
11 –  Corey Webster (NZ)
10 – DJ. Newbill (CT)
9 – Terrico White (PW)
8 –
7 – Chris Goulding (MU), Nathan Sobey (BB), Scotty Hopson (NZ)
6 –  Kouat Noi (CT), Dane Pineau (SEM)
5 – Aaron Brooks (IL), Brad Newley (SK), AJ Ogilvy (IL), Anthony Drmic (AD), Todd Blanchfield (IH)
4 –  Dario Hunt (PW), Brandon Ashley (NZ), Ben Madgen (SEM), Tom Abercrombie (NZ), Matt Hodgson (BB)
3 – Sek Henry (NZ), Didi Louzada (SK), Glen Rice Jr (NZ), Finn Delany (NZ)
2 – Jason Cadee (BB), Sunday Dech (IH), David Barlow (MU), Mitch McCarron (MU), Tim Coenraad (IH), Robert Loe (NZ), Kendall Stephens (SEM)
1 – Majok Deng (CT), Craig Moller (SK), Jesse Wagstaff (PW), Keith Benson (SEM), Tohi Smith-Milner (MU), RJ Hampton (NZ), Angus Glover (IH), Emmett Naar (IH), Josh Boone (IH), Ej Singler (BB), Daniel Kickert (SK), Sam Froling (IH)

NBL Round 14 review: Breakers notch up fifth straight win

SOME narrow losses and big wins saw the ladder change slightly at the end of Round 14 of the National Basketball League (NBL), with the Kings restoring their winning ways and Taipans continuing their fight for finals. The Breakers kicked it up another gear while South East Melbourne Phoenix struggled to find their momentum in attack.

Cairns Taipans (91) defeated Brisbane Bullets (89)
A mere two points separated the sides at the final buzzer despite Will Magnay converting two free throws in the dying seconds of the match. It was a tight game with both sides unwilling to give an inch and pushing each other to extremes in hope to creep up the ladder. Cairns got the jump on their opposition early and did not look like giving up but a 30-point last quarter from Brisbane saw the Taipans almost drop the game. DJ Newbill was solid as ever posting another 28 points to lead all points scorers from both sides and once again proving just how crucial he is to the Cairns line-up. Cameron Oliver also made his presence felt, recording a double-double thanks to his 21 points and 12 rebounds. He was a real beast under the ring, gobbling up anything that came his was with the next closest Magnay with eight. Scott Machado provided some excitement for the Taipans with 16 points and six assists to his name. For the Bullets, Ej Singler led the way finding the basket with ease and most importantly converting to finish with 20 points and six rebounds. Magnay had a standout game for the Bullets recording 14 points while Nathan Sobey played his role piling on 10 points and picking up five rebounds and five assists.

DC Medal: 3 – DJ Newbill (CT), 2 – Cameron Oliver (CT), 1 – EJ Singler (BB)

Illawarra Hawks (91) defeated by Melbourne United (104)
A gallant effort by the hosts could not contain Melbourne United who had a point to prove after dropping both their games last round. The Hawks looked to have it in the bag thanks to a big third term, piling on 24 points to 17, but the tables quickly turned in the fourth for Melbourne to regain control and ultimately walk away with the four points. United went on a scoring spree in the fourth to add 32 points to the table, while keeping the Hawks at bay and only allowing them 17 points. Chris Goulding lit up the court once again for United, contributing 21 points along with four assists. Teammate Stanton Kidd had a breakout game scoring 21 points and five rebounds while Shawn Long was right amongst the action with 17 points and seven rebounds. It was not all bad for Illawarra who once again proved they can mix it with the best with Josh Boone leading the way with a double-double thanks to his 12 points and impressive 14 rebounds. Other key contributors Tim Coenraad (18 points) and Todd Blanchfield (14 points) also made an impact on the scoreboard however it was not enough to get their side over the line.

DC Medal: 3 – Chris Goulding (MU), 2 – Shawn Long (MU), 1 – Josh Boone (IH)

Sydney Kings (91) defeated Adelaide 36ers (77)
The Sydney Kings found their mojo once again, dismissing the Adelaide 36ers by 14 points in a strong performance by the highly touted side. It was game on from the first whistle with only two points the margin before the Kings started to build momentum and steadily increase the lead to all but grant them the win. The Kings were close to unstoppable from two-point range, sitting at 65 per cent compared to Adelaide’s 35 per cent and proving that was where the game was won and lost. Brad Newley had the magic touch for the Kings sinking 20 points while big man Andrew Bogut also got involved, racking up yet another double-double with 10 rebounds and 13 points. Jae’Sean Tate continued his dominant form, dropping 20 points and finding a wealth of ball off the boards with seven rebounds and three assists. It was a disappointing outing for the 36ers who fell away when it counted but the likes of Jerome Randle and Daniel Johnson led the way. Randle topscored for the away team with 24 points while Johnson contributed a double-double of his own with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Griffin also did not muck around, adding 12 points to the tally but Sydney ultimately showed what they can do.

DC Medal: 3 – Jae’Sean Tate (SK), 2 – Andrew Bogut (SK), 1 – Jerome Randle (AD)

South East Melbourne Phoenix (92) defeated by New Zealand Breakers (97)
The Breakers’ five point victory over the Phoenix marks the fifth consecutive win for the New Zealand based side who are on a roll at the moment after completely turning their season around. It is a tale of two stories with the Phoenix jumping out of the box early but fading away as the season wares on whereas New Zealand have built into the season finding good synergy across the court and posing a real threat to opposition teams. John Roberson was the main target for South East Melbourne with the talented guard contributing over a third of the sides overall score with 31 points along with eight assists. Dane Pineau was in hot form knocking back 17 points and collecting a whopping 20 rebounds while Tai Wesley stood up for the Phoenix posting 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Superstar Mitch Creek was well handled, unable to have his usual influence across the court and only mustering up 11 points credit to the work of the Breakers. Tom Abercrombie plied his trade for the Breakers nailing 24 points and was aided by the likes of Scotty Hopson  with 19 points and eight assists alongside Finn Delaney who piled on 18 points. The solid contribution across the board from New Zealand helped to surge them ahead and secure fifth spot on the ladder.

DC Medal: 3 – John Roberson (SEM), 2 – Tom Abercrombie (NZ), 1 – Scotty Hopson (NZ)

Brisbane Bullets (97) defeated Perth Wildcats (85)
After a narrow loss earlier in the round, the Bullets bounced back accounting for the second placed Perth Wildcats in what was a convincing performance. Brisbane looked like a new and improved unit against Perth, owning the court and denying them any easy chance pushing forward. Lamar Patterson put on a masterclass knocking down 35 points and running the courts with ease while Nathan Sobey upped the ante, scoring 17 points and collecting seven rebounds. Matthew Hodgson was solid across the board converting 17 points and racking up six rebounds credit to his clever positioning around the rim with teammate Magnay also collecting nine rebounds. The Wildcats struggled to fire on all cylinders with Bryce Cotton having to do a bulk of the work putting on 24 points and six rebounds. Nick Kay also plied his trade adding some scoreboard pressure with his 18 points but it was not enough to quell the efforts of the Bullets who were simply unstoppable. Terrico White had little to no effect with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists to his name capping off a relatively disappointing outing for the reigning premiers.

DC Medal: 3 – Lamar Patterson (BB), 2 – Bryce Cotton (PW), 1 – Nathan Sobey (BB)

Adelaide 36ers (102) defeated Illawarra Hawks (96)
The 36ers got their name back in the winning books with a six point victory over the depleted Hawks who were once again without NBA potential number one draft pick LaMelo Ball. The Hawks were so close yet so far, pushing the 36ers to their limits but ultimately were outrun by Adelaide who had a point to prove if they were to stay in the race for finals. With accuracy on their side the Hawks put up a strong performance, leading at half time albeit by only two points before Adelaide turned the screws on and really got to work to snatch the lead. Forward, Anthony Drmic led from the front making his work to post look easy with a team high 24 points accompanying his five rebounds and one steal. The usual suspects in Randle and Griffin were up to their old tricks with 19 and 15 points respectively while Brendan Teys left his mark with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the 36ers. On the other hand, Blanchfield went to work for the Hawks showcasing his scoring prowess with 35 points but was the lone hand in terms of scoring with Boone only delivering 14 points but amassing seven rebounds. Sunday Dech worked tirelessly to have an impact, recording 16 points and four assists but Adelaide refused to give up, running out strong in the second half.

DC Medal: 3 – Todd Blanchfield (IH), 2 – Anthony Drmic (AD), 1 – Jerome Randle (AD)

DC Medal Leaderboard:

29 – Bryce Cotton (PW)
28 – Lamar Patterson (BB)
27 – Shawn Long (MU)
26 –
25 –
24 – Mitch Creek (SEM),
23 –
22 –
21 – Casper Ware (SK), Melo Trimble (MU), Jae’Sean Tate (SK),
20 – LaMelo Ball (IH)
19 –
18 –
17 – Scott Machado (CT), Jerome Randle (AD), John Roberson (SEM), Cameron Oliver (CT),
16 –
15 –
14 – Daniel Johnson (AD),
13 – Nick Kay (PW), Andrew Bogut (SK),
12 –
11 –  Corey Webster (NZ),
10 – Eric Griffin (AD),
9 – Terrico White (PW), DJ. Newbill (CT),
8 –
7 – Chris Goulding (MU), Nathan Sobey (BB),
6 –  Kouat Noi (CT), Scotty Hopson (NZ),
5 – Aaron Brooks (IL), Brad Newley (SK), AJ Ogilvy (IL), Anthony Drmic (AD)
4 –  Dario Hunt (PW), Brandon Ashley (NZ), Ben Madgen (SEM), Todd Blanchfield (IH), Tom Abercrombie (NZ),
3 – Sek Henry (NZ), Dane Pineau (SEM), Didi Louzada (SK), Glen Rice Jr (NZ), Finn Delany (NZ)
2 – Matt Hodgson (BB), Jason Cadee (BB), Sunday Dech (IH), David Barlow (MU), Mitch McCarron (MU), Tim Coenraad (IH),
1 – Majok Deng (CT), Craig Moller (SK), Jesse Wagstaff (PW), Keith Benson (SEM), Tohi Smith-Milner (MU), RJ Hampton (NZ), Angus Glover (IH), Emmett Naar (IH), Josh Boone (IH), Ej Singler (BB)

Weekend wrap: NBL – Round 2

AFTER a great opening week of the 2018/19 NBL season, Round 2 featured a number of exciting match-ups. Another thriller between Adelaide and Sydney, another dominant performance from the Perth Wildcats and a Grand Final rematch all headlined a big round.


Adelaide 36ers (106) defeated Sydney Kings (101)

After a thriller between the two teams last week in Sydney, the 36ers returned home to this time play host to the Kings. In an equally exciting game, the teams fought out an intense battle from start to finish, with both sides struggling to create any separation throughout the contest. The 36ers held small leads at each break and were able to make enough plays down the stretch to escape with another victory. Nathan Sobey continued what has been a very impressive start to the season, scoring 18 points and adding seven assists, while his teammates, Adris De Leon and Brendan Teys provided a huge spark off the bench, combining for 35 points. The Kings once again looked strong despite the loss and have given their fans plenty to be excited about. Sydney’s offence was firing on all cylinders in this game, with five players scoring in double figures in Andrew Bogut, Kevin Lisch, Brad Newley, Jerome Randle and Daniel Kickert. The scoring balance will be key for the Kings in support of reigning scoring champion, Jerome Randle, who at time was a one-man show last season.


Perth Wildcats (88) defeated Brisbane Bullets (73)

The Wildcats produced another impressive performance to remain the only unbeaten team through the first two weeks of the season. Strong starts have been a key for the Wildcats in the early going and this game was no different as Perth led by nine points at the first break before extending its lead to 15 heading into halftime. The Bullets were able to contain the Wildcats in the second half however it was too little, too late, as the Wildcats secured a 15-point victory. Bryce Cotton shook off a poor shooting start to the season last week with 28 points on 10 from 18 from the field to lead the game in scoring, with Nicholas Kay also adding a double-double. For the Bullets, they got impressive contributions off the bench after their starters put them in an early deficit, highlighted by Reuben Te Rangi’s 11 points in just 18 minutes.


New Zealand Breakers (78) defeated by Sydney Kings (101)

After two close losses to begin the season, the Kings were looking to put together a full four-quarter effort and put themselves on the winners list for the first time. The New Zealand crowd were happy to see their Breakers back home after their big win over Melbourne United last week, to spoil their championship celebration. The Kings exploded out of the blocks and kept the crowd from becoming a factor, building an 11-point lead after the first quarter. The Breakers were able to remain within striking distance for the majority of the contest, even reducing the margin to single figures in the early stages of the fourth quarter, before the Kings put the game out of reach and ran out 23-point winners. Corey Webster’s shooting continues to be of concern as the guard scored just six points sinking two from 11 shots, his second consecutive poor outing. Sydney once again got a great balance on offence with six players scoring in double figures, led by Kevin Lisch’s 19. The addition of Andrew Bogut has been a huge part of the Kings’ early season resurgence, with his rebounding prowess and overall leadership inspiring the team. He will have Kings fan excited for what could be a huge season!


Melbourne United (75) defeated Adelaide 36ers (72)

The Grand Final rematch took centre stage on Sunday afternoon with the reigning champions, Melbourne United hosting Adelaide. After two poor defensive performances to begin the season, it had to be encouraging for United fans to see their team lock down Adelaide’s offence, holding them to just 72 points. A close game from start to finish featured a number of clutch plays down the stretch with Melbourne doing just enough to walk away with a win and deny the 36ers any chance of revenge. Down two points with a little under two minutes to go, after struggling all afternoon, Casper Ware tied the game for United, before David Barlow’s go-ahead three-pointer with 1:12 to play gave United a three-point lead, one they would not surrender. Barlow stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Josh Boone was all over the offensive and defensive glass en route to a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Adelaide drop to 2-2 with the loss but have to be encouraged with their early season output.


Cairns Taipans (93) defeated by Illawarra Hawks (104)

The Hawks couldn’t wait to get back on the court, looking to bounce back from their poor performance against the Wildcats just one week ago. Illawarra showed similar fight to their contest against Melbourne United in the season opener, hustling for loose balls, playing ferocious defence and moving the ball around on offence but just couldn’t quite break free from Cairns who fought hard to stay in the ball game. Eventually the Hawks were able to full away in the fourth quarter, running out 11-point winners and registering their first win of the season. Todd Blanchfield backed up his big game against Melbourne last week with a game-high 32 points including seven threes. Teammates, Brian Conklin and Jordair Jett were also impressive with 21 and 22 points respectively. The Taipans had 28 points from Melo Trimble who increased his early season average to 30 points per game, with DJ Newbill also adding 22 points, however other contributions were few and far between.