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NBL1 South Men’s team summary: Nunawading Spectres

IN light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the National Basketball League (NBL)1 South Conference has been cancelled this year. As such, while Draft Central intended to do a preview on all teams leading up to the delayed start, it will instead be a team summary from last season and what they might look to improve on for 2021. Today’s edition looks at Nunawading Spectres, the inaugural premiers of the NBL1.

2019 in Review:

Finished: 3rd (Premiers)
Wins: 14
Losses: 6
Home: 6-5
Away: 8-1

What went right:

  • Won the 2019 NBL1 title
  • Offence (total points, two-point accuracy, three-point accuracy and free-throw accuracy all ranked top five overall)
  • Rebounding (30.1 defensive the best in the competition, 41.0 total rebounds ranked third overall)
  • Turnovers (10.7 per game the second least in the competition)
  • Five players averaging double-figure points for the season
  • Dain Swetalla and Simon Conn’s seasons

There was not too much to fault for the eventual NBL1 South men’s premiers as Nunawading took the title after bouncing back from a qualifying finals loss to Frankston Blues. The hard road to victory cemented their journey as one to remember, and eventually saluted against Bendigo Braves thanks to a 24-14 third term to win, 99-90. The likes of Dain Swetalla (Grand Final Most Valuable Player) and Simon Conn (All-Star Five) led the team superbly throughout the season as they proved hard to beat, winning 14 of 20, and were deadly on the road with an 8-1 record. Even though the Spectres dropped their first final to Frankston away, they showed plenty of grit, winning their way to the title. Offensively they were dominant with top five finishes in each of the major scoring categories, and defensively were strong as well. They were the best defensive rebounding unit in the lead, and ranked top three overall for rebounds. Throw in the fact they rarely turned he ball over (second least turnovers in the competition) and the Spectres were a clear title contender long before the final game of the season.

What went wrong:

  • Not much
  • Blocks (1.5 per game ranked 17th overall)
  • Steals (4.7 per game ranked last overall)

When you win a title, the season is a success and you cannot really look too harshly on a season. But every team wants to maintain its dominance by getting better the following season. Statistically it was just blocks and steals that were ranked in the bottom two in the competition, though that is hardly surprising considering the Spectres dominated possession, led the defensive rebounds and rarely turned the ball over. It could mean the side looks to add an extra player to the roster to try and pick-pocket opposition players more often, though they do not need to add much.

Top Players:

Simon Conn

Making the NBL1 All-Star Five is a clear indication of the kind of season the veteran 206cm center had. He is like a fine wine and showed he is just as dominant off the boards as he has been in the past. Finishing the season playing every game, averaging 31.1 minutes on court and putting up numbers of 19.5 points. 9.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists, Conn was the consistent star of the show throughout the season. He also averaged 87.1 per cent from the line when a defence dared to foul him thanks to his 55 per cent two-point accuracy as well. He led the team in points, offensive rebounds and total rebounds and was deserving of his season honour.

Dain Swetalla

The Grand Final MVP did not just have a performance out of the box when he picked up 28 points and nine rebounds, he had been doing it all season. In fact, Swetalla averaged nine rebounds in season 2019 to go with his 17.2 points and 2.1 assists. He finished his attempts off at a high rate with 58.5 per cent from inside the arc, and 44.6 per cent from outside the arc as one of the most damaging long-range shooters in the competition. Another experienced shooter, Swetalla teamed up with Conn well and the pair caused all sorts of headaches for the opposition.

Thomas Wright

There were a number of players who could have slotted into this spot, though Wright was the next highest in terms of his points, averaging 18.1 per game from 18 games. He averaged the most minutes on court with 31.3 per game and also took home 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists for his troubles. He might not have won the plaudits that the other two did, but Wright was another player who just kept applying the scoring pressure across the court and was a key playmaker on transition offence.

Young Gun:

Jack Saunders

They did not have the youngest list coming into the 2019 season with just four players aged 23-years-old or younger, and we start with the oldest of that quartet given he had the most game time of the lot. Saunders averaged 13.4 minutes on court for 7.2 points and 1.2 rebounds, giving the starting guards some rest time as he came on and could be relied upon to have an impact. At greater than 20 points per 40 minutes, Saunders showed he could step up for a starting role if required and he was particularly damaging from long-range, averaging 38 per cent and sinking the second most triples of any player despite the lack of court time.

Christmas list for 2021:

List retention. There is nothing glaringly obvious the Spectres need, though with effectively two years moving on since the start of the 2019 season, players are entering a couple of years older and with the majority of the Nunawading list set to be the wrong side of 30, the Spectres need to firstly retain the list, then look to build on their youth.

Summary:

The Nunawading Spectres had a memorable first season in the NBL1 and took out the 2019 title. They get to be reigning champions for two seasons now, and no doubt their hunger will be increased to go back-to-back in 2021 when they can get back out on the court.

NBL1 weekend preview: Rivalry Round heats up

AFTER a week to refresh and prepare for the second half of the season, the National Basketball League (NBL)1 competition is back in a special Rivalry Round. While the Round 10 fixture features 20 games across both men’s and women’s competitions, less than most other rounds, it is one that will get plenty of fans to the games as they hope to take down their rival.

From the NBL1 men’s perspective, there are two massive top four clashes to get fans excited in what could genuinely be a preview for the finals ahead. Top-of-the-table Ballarat Miners dropped a rare game last week but remain a game clear of their opponents, third placed Geelong Supercats, with two games in hand. The Supercats are 5-2 at home, while the Miners are 7-1, with these two sides the top scorers in the competition, while the Miners can exploit the Supercats defence, while maintaining their own which is ranked first for least points conceded. The other big game is between Nunawading Spectres and Melbourne Tigers with the second and fourth clash also set to shape the ladder leading into finals.

With Kilsyth Cobras and Dandenong Rangers taking on bottom three sides – Knox Raiders and Southern Sabres respectively – wins in the top-four battles are crucial. Rounding out the teams in the top eight, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence plays just its second home game against Frankston Blues who have charged up from nowhere to sit inside the top eight. The winner will at least remain inside the finals positions, making it important to take home the points with so many teams chasing them. One of those sides is Waverley Falcons, with the tenth placed Falcons taking on bottom two team Ringwood Hawks. A victory will at least have them percentage out of the eight, much like Bendigo Braves if they can come back from Albury Wodonga with the points. The loser of Hobart Huskies and North West Thunder will find it hard to make finals, while the same can be said for the clash between Diamond Valley Eagles and Eltham Wildcats who are on five wins apiece.

In the women’s competition, the clash between Kilsyth and Knox is sure to provide plenty of highlights as the Cobras push for a top four spot, while Knox holds onto the precious third spot, with games in hand. One side that desperately needs a win is Dandenong Rangers, a team that has dropped its past three games, but a match with bottom two side Southern Sabres should surely break the streak. Sixth placed Nunawading Spectres has a chance to break into that top four group with a win over tenth placed Melbourne Tigers, while Ringwood Hawks can stay in touch with the top four if they overcome Waverley. The top two sides face teams in the bottom eight, with Bendigo Braves looking to extend on their five-game winning streak and hand Albury Wodonga Bandits their fourth straight loss, while the 11-game red-hot run of Geelong Supercats is predicted to continue when they host twelfth placed Ballarat Rush.

In other games, Frankston Blues have the opportunity to remain in touch with the top eight given they have a clash with bottom three side, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, while the all-Tasmanian derby between Launceston Tornadoes and Hobart Huskies will rule out a side from finals. Eltham Wildcats are a game adrift of seventh and one game clear of ninth, and are expected to retain the breathing space with a match against the cellar-dwelling Diamond Valley Eagles. A Sunday clash with Knox Raiders makes the Saturday fixture a must win. There is plenty on the line for all sides in a relatively even competition outside the top three sides, in a league that certainly has a mid-table log-jam.

Round 10 Fixture:

Saturday, June 15:

Albury Wodonga Bandits vs. Bendigo Braves
Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence vs. Frankston Blues
Dandenong Rangers vs. Southern Sabres
Eltham Wildcats vs. Diamond Valley Eagles
Geelong Supercats vs. Ballarat Miners/Rush
Kilsyth Cobras vs. Knox Raiders
North West Thunder/Launceston Tornadoes vs. Hobart Huskies

Sunday, June 16:

Nunawading Spectres vs. Melbourne Tigers
Knox Raiders vs. Eltham Wildcats
Waverley Falcons vs. Ringwood Hawks

NBL1 mid-season review: Waverley Falcons

IN the mid-season break, Basketball Draft Central takes a look at each National Basketball League (NBL)1 team in both the men’s and women’s competition and will analyse how they have performed to date, some of their top performers, and the run home to see if they can make finals. Today we analyse the Waverley Falcons, whose men’s side is still very much in contention for finals, while the women’s team has a comfortable run home but cannot afford to slip up if they want to snatch a finals spot.

Men:

Position: 10th
Wins: 6
Losses: 5

Home: 2-5
Away: 4-0
Last 10: 5-5

Points For: 952
Points Against: 994
Percentage: 95.8
Points: 18

Summary:

The Falcons are just one win out of the top eight and have two games in hand from three of the sides above them. With a softer run home, they are potentially in line to start favourites in six or seven games and could time their run to perfection. They are undefeated on the road which is a remarkable feat, being one of only two sides to do so this season. Deondre McWhorter (19.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks) has been the standout player this season, but the Falcons have a nice balance of players including Dylan Travis (18.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.4 steals), Bennie Lewis (13.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals) and Chris Arkell (11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists) also among the top stars on a consistent basis this year.

The run home:

R10: Ringwood Hawks (H)
R11: Diamond Valley Eagles (A) | Nunawading Spectres (A)
R12: Southern Sabres (H)
R13: Dandenong Rangers (H)
R14: Ballarat Miners (A) | Knox Raiders (H)
R15: Hobart Huskies (A) | North West Thunder (A)

Waverley have some big games in the run home, including three rounds of two games. The Tasmanian trip is a must-win for Waverley, as are games against bottom three sides, Knox Raiders, Ringwood Hawks and Southern Sabres, with road trips to Nunawading Spectres and Ballarat Miners sure to test their unbeaten record on the road.

Women:

Position: 14th
Wins: 3
Losses: 8

Home: 2-5
Away: 1-3
Last 10: 2-8

Points For: 755
Points Against: 809
Percentage: 93.3
Points: 9

Summary:

Th Falcons sit at three wins from 11 games and it has not been the best of starts to the season when two of those wins came against the struggling Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, and then a Round 1 win over Frankston Blues. They have been unlucky in a number of games, losing their first four games from Round 2-5 by a combined 14 points and could well have been 5-0 to start the season. Now they must really dig deep if they are to play finals this year. Kelly Bowen (14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals) has been a shining light this season, while Carley Mijovic (18.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals) has stood tall in her nine games, as has Tegan Cunningham (11.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists) in eight matches since finishing up her AFL Women’s commitments.

The run home:

R10: Ringwood Hawks (H)
R11: Diamond Valley Eagles (A) | Nunawading Spectres (A)
R12: Southern Sabres (H)
R13: Dandenong Rangers (H)
R14: Ballarat Rush (A) | Knox Raiders (H)
R15: Hobart Huskies (A) | Launceston Tornadoes (A)

The Falcons will need to win eight of their last nine games if they are to secure a spot in the finals series unless other results go in their favour. With games against five of the other bottom seven sides, the Falcons could well pounce and then hope to cause an upset against Nunawading Spectres, Ringwood Hawks, Dandenong Rangers and Knox Raiders who are all finals-bound sides.

NBL1 mid-season review: Southern Sabres

IN the mid-season break, Basketball Draft Central takes a look at each National Basketball League (NBL)1 team in both the men’s and women’s competition and will analyse how they have performed to date, some of their top performers, and the run home to see if they can make finals. Today we analyse the Southern Sabres, with both sides set to finish in the bottom couple of teams with just four wins between them. They have looked to just local players this season, and while they have some standout stars and developing young talent, have not been able to always match it with the best sides.

Men:

Position: 18th
Wins: 2
Losses: 10

Home: 1-5
Away: 1-5
Last 10: 2-8

Points For: 1001
Points Against: 1185
Percentage: 84.5
Points: 6

Summary:

It is not pretty reading for the Sabres who sit last on the NBL1 men’s table with two wins from 12 games. They were unlucky at times throughout the season so far, and shocked the competition when they knocked off the undefeated Kilsyth Cobras. The biggest issue for the Sabres is working out a best starting five and with top stars, David Barlow (23.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.8 steals) and Sam McDaniel (17.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals) missing so many games each (six apiece), they have been forced to dig deep into their local talent. Kingsley Box (12.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals) and Nicholas Gabsch (9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists) are two of only three players to play every game.

The run home:

R10: Dandenong Rangers (A)
R11: Albury Wodonga Bandits (H)
R12: Geelong Supercats (H) | Waverley Falcons (A)
R13: Frankston Blues (A)
R14: Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (H)
R15: Diamond Valley Eagles (A) | Frankston Blues (H)

When you are on the bottom of the table, every game is a tough game, but the Sabres will be keen to hopefully pick up a few wins on the run home. Games against Albury Wodonga Bandits and Waverley Falcons seems the most likely, while Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence and Frankston Blues have also been inconsistent at times and the Sabres could pounce if the opposition is not on its game.

Women:

Position: 17th
Wins: 2
Losses: 10

Home: 0-6
Away: 2-4
Last 10: 1-9

Points For: 811
Points Against: 985
Percentage: 82.3
Points: 6

Summary:

The Sabres are yet to win at home in season 2019, and have picked up both their wins on the road. Rachel Jarry has been the far and away star with 20.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Ella Batish (7.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists) is the only other player to start in every game. Two players who have managed more than 4.4 rebounds per game in limited time off the bench are Sherry Glennie (6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 asssists) and dual sport Australian Rules young gun, Gabby Newton (2.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals). Tenaya Phillips (10 games from six starts) has been another solid contributor with 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

The run home:

R10: Dandenong Rangers (A)
R11: Albury Wodonga Bandits (H)
R12: Geelong Supercats (H) | Waverley Falcons (A)
R13: Frankston Blues (A)
R14: Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (H)
R15: Diamond Valley Eagles (A) | Frankston Blues (H)

Much like the men’s side, when you are sitting near the bottom of the table, every game is difficult. But there are some real opportunities for the Sabres, with games against the sides directly above and below them on the ladder in Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence and Diamond Valley Eagles. Winning these games will more than likely save them from finishing bottom, while also having matches against bottom eight sides Waverley Falcons, Frankston Blues (twice) and Albury Wodonga Bandits.

NBL1 mid-season review: Nunawading Spectres

IN the mid-season break, Basketball Draft Central takes a look at each National Basketball League (NBL)1 team in both the men’s and women’s competition and will analyse how they have performed to date, some of their top performers, and the run home to see if they can make finals. Today we analyse the Nunawading Spectres, with both sides in contention for a double chance, especially the men’s side who is unbeaten at home with a 9-3 record.

Men:

Position: 2nd
Wins: 9
Losses: 3

Home: 3-3
Away: 6-0
Last 10: 8-2

Points For: 1100
Points Against: 971
Percentage: 113.3
Points: 27

Summary:

The Nunawading Spectres’ men’s side have a remarkable unbeaten record on the road – the only side to do so this season. They have been consistently strong all year, and aside from consecutive home losses to Frankston Blues and the lowly Knox Raiders, have impressed from start to finish. No-one has started in every game, with Dain Swetalla and Simon Conn the two standouts this season, possibly the best one-two duo in the competition. Swetalla is averaging 20.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while Conn is not far off a double-double average as well with 19.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Tom Wright (17.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals) and Shane McDonald (9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists) have been the two playmakers in the team, setting everything up.

The run home:

R10: Melbourne Tigers (H)
R11: Kilsyth Cobras (A) | Waverley Falcons (H)
R12: Ringwood Hawks (H) | Diamond Valley Eagles (A)
R13: Knox Raiders (A)
R14: Kilsyth Cobras (H)
R15: Eltham Wildcats (A)

The Spectres have a tough start to the run home, but it eases off with some easier games down the track. The next two matches – Melbourne Tigers at home and Kilsyth Cobras away – loom as the two big games, while they also have the Cobras at home in Round 14. Otherwise, they face all bottom 10 sides, with only the Falcons above twelfth, including two games against bottom three sides, Knox Raiders and Ringwood Hawks. They will be keen to win as many as they can – and are capable of winning the lot – to secure a double chance.

Women:

Position: 6th
Wins: 8
Losses: 4

Home: 5-1
Away: 3-3
Last 10: 7-3

Points For: 963
Points Against: 878
Percentage: 109.7
Points: 24

Summary:

Despite losing two of their past four games – both to top four sides, the Spectres have still maintained a strong start to the season with an 8-4 record. They have been impressive at home, dropping just the one game – a six-point loss to Bendigo Braves – and remain in contention for a double chance. The critical aspect of Nunawading’s success has been the evenness of the team, with five players scoring more than 100 points thus far in season 2019, and four of them starting in every match for some line-up consistency. Kathleen Scheer (16.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocks), Rebecca Pizzey (12.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists), Rachel Antoniadou (11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steals) and Eliza Chilcott (11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals) have all been mainstays in the side’s success this season, while Chelsea D’Angelo (14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals) has had some massive efforts off the bench.

The run home:

R10: Melbourne Tigers (H)
R11: Kilsyth Cobras (A) | Waverley Falcons (H)
R12: Ringwood Hawks (H) | Diamond Valley Eagles (A)
R13: Knox Raiders (A)
R14: Kilsyth Cobras (H)
R15: Eltham Wildcats (A)

In the run home, the Spectres will be made to earn a double chance if they can achieve it with just two of the remaining eight games against bottom eight sides. Melbourne Tigers (tenth) just outside the top eight might be a tough assignment, while facing off against fifth placed Kilsyth Cobras (twice), third placed Knox Raiders, seventh placed Ringwood Hawks and eighth placed Eltham Wildcats will determine just where they deserve to finish. Win the majority and a double chance is on offer.

NBL1 mid-season review: North West Thunder / Launceston Tornadoes

IN the mid-season break, Basketball Draft Central takes a look at each National Basketball League (NBL)1 team in both the men’s and women’s competition and will analyse how they have performed to date, some of their top performers, and the run home to see if they can make finals. Today we analyse the North West Thunder / Launceston Tornadoes, with the Thunder still in contention for a top eight spot if everything goes their way, while the Tornadoes are out of the finals race, but will be keen to finish strongly.

Men:

Position: 13th
Wins: 5
Losses: 7

Home: 2-4
Away: 3-3
Last 10: 5-5

Points For: 1048
Points Against: 1095
Percentage: 95.7
Points: 15

Summary:

It has been an inconsistent start to the season for the Thunder who recorded a pattern of a win then a loss up until three consecutive losses in the past three matches against Ballarat Miners and Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Round 8, and Geelong Supercats in Round 9. At that stage, the 5-4 record looked healthy enough, but now the Thunder have a 5-7 win-loss ratio and need to start putting wins on the board. Tre Armstrong (16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 steals) started as a one-man show early, but received support from Nick Banyard (17.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists) since he has come into the team, while Jordan Bowling (13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals) has also picked up with some impressive mid-season performances. Paul Campbell (11.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.9 assists) is a key player off the boards, while Lachlan Dent (9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists) might not have big numbers, but has been creative on the attacking end.

The run home:

R10: Hobart Huskies (H)
R11: Geelong Supercats (A) | Knox Raiders (H)
R12: Melbourne Tigers (H)
R13: Kilsyth Cobras (G)
R14: Ringwood Hawks (A) | Diamond Valley Eagles (A)
R15: Waverley Falcons (H)

The Thunder have an all-Tasmanian battle at home against Hobart Huskies, before facing sides at polar ends of the table. It is hard to see the Thunder winning enough of the six games required to make finals given they have to take on Geelong Supercats, Melbourne Tigers and Kilsyth Cobras in successive weeks. The Thunder could have a chance of finals with less wins given the amount of matches they have with sides around them such as Waverley Falcons, Diamond Valley Eagles and Hobart Huskies, as well as Ringwood Hawks and Knox Raiders in the bottom three. If they can cause an upset to one of those top five teams, then top eight is certainly a chance.

Women:

Position: 15th
Wins: 3
Losses: 9

Home: 1-5
Away: 2-4
Last 10: 3-7

Points For: 980
Points Against: 1179
Percentage: 83.1
Points: 6

Summary:

The Tornadoes started the season okay with two wins in the first five games, but have won just one encounter from their past seven – a five-point win over Albury Wodonga Bandits. The other two wins have also been tight with a four-point win over Waverley Falcons and nine-point win over Hobart Huskies. They will be keen to find some form on the run home, but have had to rotate their roster a lot with just two players playing all 12 games. Sarah O’Neill is the only player to have started in every game and has been a shining light with 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals, while Brittany Hodges has starred across her nine matches, averaging a double-double with 17.7 points. 12.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Stephanie Gardner (18.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists) and Stella Beck (12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals) are the other two who have stood out.

The run home:

R10: Hobart Huskies (H)
R11: Geelong Supercats (A) | Knox Raiders (H)
R12: Melbourne Tigers (H)
R13: Kilsyth Cobras (G)
R14: Ringwood Hawks (A) | Diamond Valley Eagles (A)
R15: Waverley Falcons (H)

The run home has the Tornadoes with teams mostly at either end, facing top three sides Geelong Supercats and Knox raiders in Round 11, but the Tornadoes’ final two games come against bottom five sides, Waverley Falcons and Diamond Valley Eagles. Kilsyth Cobras will be a tough clash, while Melbourne Tigers and Hobart Huskies are both mid-table teams striving to make finals. They need to win every match to make the top eight, which seems a touch out of reach.

NBL1 mid-season review: Melbourne Tigers

IN the mid-season break, Basketball Draft Central takes a look at each National Basketball League (NBL)1 team in both the men’s and women’s competition and will analyse how they have performed to date, some of their top performers, and the run home to see if they can make finals. Today we analyse the Melbourne Tigers, with the men on an impressive run of late, while the women have been inconsistent, but their best is good enough to match it with the top sides.

Men:

Position: 4th
Wins: 8
Losses: 4

Home: 7-1
Away: 1-3
Last 10: 7-3

Points For: 1038
Points Against: 1015
Percentage: 96.6
Points: 24

Summary:

After a shaky start to the season that saw the Tigers drop four of the first six games, Melbourne has turned its home venue, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) into a fortress. The Tigers are on a six-game winning streak, largely thanks to a 7-1 record at home. On the road they are less confident, winning just one of four, but have set themselves up for a run at the double chance. The star all season has been Nic Pozoglou (21.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals) who has been near-unstoppable at times, while Dane Pineau (16.8 points, 15.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 blocks) has become a massive addition to the line-up, teaming up well with Mike Wells (12.7 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals) and Michael Luxford (11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.2 steals), while William Hickey‘s (9.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals) work off the bench has been handy.

The run home:

R10: Nunawading Spectres (A)
R11: Baskewtball Australia Centre of Excellence (H)
R12: North West Thunder (A) | Hobart Huskies (A)
R13: Frankston Blues (A)
R14: Hobart Huskies (H)
R15: Ballarat Miners (A) | Eltham Wildcats (H)

The run home is far from easy, facing the top two sides in the final eight games, while also having to play a further two sides in the top eight, and do the double down in Tasmania. Given their record, the Tigers would only need about three wins to lock up finals which they should do easily, but they will also be keen to aim higher and go for top four.

Women:

Position: 10th
Wins: 6
Losses: 6

Home: 4-4
Away: 2-2
Last 10: 5-5

Points For: 853
Points Against: 864
Percentage: 96.5
Points: 18

Summary:

The greatest claim to a yo-yo season to date, the Tigers have not won nor lost more than two consecutive games. They looked down early, then had a nice couple of wins, dropped back and have picked up again. Trying to work out where they will finish is difficult given the talent on the list, but the obvious inconsistency thus far. Only two players – Louella Tomlinson (16.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.2 steals) and Kasey Burton (7.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals) – have started in all 12 games, while Monique Conti (20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals) and Molly Matthews (7.3 points, 4.8 rebounds) have been important players throughout the season. The addition of Jenna O’Hea (25.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks) was massive, but she has only managed the three games to-date.

The run home:

R10: Nunawading Spectres (A)
R11: Baskewtball Australia Centre of Excellence (H)
R12: Launceston Tornadoes (A) | Hobart Huskies (A)
R13: Frankston Blues (A)
R14: Hobart Huskies (H)
R15: Ballarat Rush (A) | Eltham Wildcats (H)

The main goal for the Tigers will be to get more consistency in their game from week to week and try and push into the top eight. They will look to win more than half of their remaining eight games to be a chance of finals, and with the evenness of the competition, they will need to knock off those teams around them. With just Nunawading Spectres (sixth) and Eltham Wildcats (eighth) above them, every game is winnable for the tenth placed Tigers, they just need to find the grove.

NBL1 mid-season review: Knox Raiders

IN the mid-season break, Basketball Draft Central takes a look at each National Basketball League (NBL)1 team in both the men’s and women’s competition and will analyse how they have performed to date, some of their top performers, and the run home to see if they can make finals. Today we analyse the Knox Raiders, with the men’s side needing plenty to go its way in order to make finals, while the women’s side is in firm control of its own destiny after a terrific start to the season.

Men:

Position: 16th
Wins: 4
Losses: 7

Home: 2-4
Away: 2-3
Last 10: 4-6

Points For: 878
Points Against: 909
Percentage: 96.6
Points: 12

Summary:

The Raiders have struggled this season with just four wins from 11 games, but the one benefit for Knox is the fact it has played the least amount of matches of any side this season. With nine games remaining, they will still need to win seven matches, but with a lot of luck can try and push for a spot in the top eight. Mike Rose has been the side’s top points scorer with 16.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game, one of only two players to have started every game, along with prolific rebounder, Cadarian Raines who has posted 11.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals so far this season. James Hunter (14.3 points. 6.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists) and Damon Heuir (15.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals) are other Raiders who have had some impressive games in the first half of the season.

The run home:

R10: Kilsyth Cobras (A) | Eltham Wildcats (H)
R11: Hobart Huskies (A) | North West Thunder (A)
R12: Ringwood Hawks (H)
R13: Nunawading Spectres (H)
R14: Bendigo Braves (H) | Waverley Falcons (A)
R15: Albury Wodonga Bandits (A)

The run home is a bit more relieving for the men’s side, with a tough game this weekend against Kilsyth Cobras who broke through for a win last round after five consecutive losses, and in Round 13 against Nunawading Spectres. Otherwise the remaining seven games come against sides in the bottom 10 and are all winnable matches on their day. The Raiders will just about need to claim them all to steal an unlikely finals spot, but it is still possible.

Women:

Position: 3rd
Wins: 9
Losses: 2

Home: 5-1
Away: 3-3
Last 10: 7-3

Points For: 970
Points Against: 835
Percentage: 116.2
Points: 27

Summary:

Knox Raiders women’s side has put itself in a terrific position after 11 rounds, having won nine games and still having multiple games in hand on the top two sides. The Raiders have won the past five games and have the second highest percentage of any side. Unsurprisingly, they have an even spread of players who have contributed throughout the season, with Lauren Scherf a standout in her seven matches, averaging 22.9 points, 13.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. Bec Ott (16.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals) and Abbey Wehrung (15.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game) are others who have impressed, while Mareena Whittle‘s work off the bench in her eight games has seen her collect 13.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

The run home:

R10: Kilsyth Cobras (A) | Eltham Wildcats (H)
R11: Hobart Huskies (A) | Launceston Tornadoes (A)
R12: Ringwood Hawks (H)
R13: Nunawading Spectres (H)
R14: Bendigo Braves (H) | Waverley Falcons (A)
R15: Albury Wodonga Bandits (A)

The Raiders avoid the top-of-the-table Supercats in the run home and play one game against second placed Bendigo Braves at home in Round 14. They will have their work cut out for them with two top eight clashes in Round 10, but also have three games against bottom six teams.

NBL1 mid-season review: Kilsyth Cobras

IN the mid-season break, Basketball Draft Central takes a look at each National Basketball League (NBL)1 team in both the men’s and women’s competition and will analyse how they have performed to date, some of their top performers, and the run home to see if they can make finals. Today we analyse the Kilsyth Cobras, with the men’s and women’s sides on opposite trajectories as the former won its first game after five consecutive losses last week, while the latter is on a red-hot seven-game winning streak.

Men:

Position: 5th
Wins: 7
Losses: 5

Home: 3-3
Away: 4-2
Last 10: 5-5

Points For: 1056
Points Against: 1001
Percentage: 105.5
Points: 21

Summary:

The Cobras’ big win over Waverley Falcons last round was a massive relief after five consecutive losses saw the Cobras tumble down the table after appearing to be a top contender earlier in the season. While a loss against Ballarat Miners was respectable, the Cobras would be kicking themselves over losses to Southern Sabres, Diamond Valley Eagles, Albury Wodonga Bandits and Eltham Wildcats, who are all in the bottom seven teams. They have done enough to put themselves in control ahead of the last stretch, but must win at least four of their eight games on the run home to secure a finals spot. Peter Hooley is the Cobras’ top scorer with 17.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while Tohi Smith-Milner (14.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists) and Chris Patton (12.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists) are the other two regular starters who have helped the Cobras to the position they are at this point of the season. Owen Odigie has also started in 11 of the 12 matches, posting 7.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

The run home:

R10: Knox Raiders (H)
R11: Nunawading Spectres (H)
R12: Dandenong Rangers (A)
R13: Hobart Huskies (A) | North West Thunder (A)
R14: Nunawading Spectres (A) | Frankston Blues (H)
R15: Dandenong Rangers (H)

The run home is far from easy for the Cobras, who have five games against top eight sides, including home-and-away fixtures against title contenders Dandenong Rangers and Nunawading Spectres. The next match against Knox Raiders and the trip down south to the Apple Isle is vital for the Cobras to come away with wins and set themselves up for a finals tilt.

Women:

Position: 5th
Wins: 8
Losses: 4

Home: 5-1
Away: 3-3
Last 10: 7-3

Points For: 907
Points Against: 782
Percentage: 116.0
Points: 24

Summary:

If the men’s season seemed to slip off the tracks over the past two months, the women’s season managed to get back on track to the point of being the second most in-form team in the competition. The Cobras sat at 1-4 after five rounds, but have piled on seven consecutive wins, the second most of any side behind the ladder leaders, Geelong Supercats. With a tough draw on the run home, the Cobras will get to really see where they are at with such an even side. Lauren Nicholson has been the standout this season with 21.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while Klara Wischer has been a strong contributor with 12.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game. American Sarah Boothe has been strong off the boards with 10.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while Clare Camac has been busy off the bench with 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

The run home:

R10: Knox Raiders (H)
R11: Nunawading Spectres (H)
R12: Dandenong Rangers (A)
R13: Hobart Huskies (A) | North West Thunder (A)
R14: Nunawading Spectres (A) | Frankston Blues (H)
R15: Dandenong Rangers (H)

The Cobras have five games against top six sides, including the two matches each against Dandenong Rangers and Nunawading Spectres. A home game against Knox Raiders this round will prove a must-win, as will a trip to Tasmania, and home game against Frankston in Round 14. If the Cobras keep up the form they would be eyeing off a top four spot ahead of finals.

NBL1 mid-season review: Hobart Huskies

IN the mid-season break, Basketball Draft Central takes a look at each National Basketball League (NBL)1 team in both the men’s and women’s competition and will analyse how they have performed to date, some of their top performers, and the run home to see if they can make finals. Today we analyse the Hobart Huskies, with both sides needing a lot of luck to book a finals spot, but will be keen to finish strongly in their respective seasons, and upset teams above them.

Men:

Position: 11th
Wins: 5
Losses: 7

Home: 3-3
Away: 2-4
Last 10: 4-6

Points For: 1062
Points Against: 1097
Percentage: 96.8
Points: 15

Summary:

The Huskies have had an indifferent start to the season, starting fairly strongly, but have gone 4-6 in the past 10, including dropping their past two games. They are still in the finals hunt, just two wins off the top eight, but will need to win about six of their last eight games to guarantee a finals spot. Jalen Adams has led the way for his side with 22.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.4 assists. Tad Dufelmeier has not been in the side the whole season, but in the past six games since coming into the team, has averaged 21.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals. Jacob Richards (12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists) and Zachary White (8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks) are others who have featured in nearly all of the matches.

The run home:

R10: North West Thunder (A)
R11: Knox Raiders (H)
R12: Melbourne Tigers (H)
R13: Kilsyth Cobras (H) | Ballarat Miners (A)
R14: Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (H) | Melbourne Tigers (A)
R15: Waverley Falcons (H)

The Huskies have a tough road home in the final eight games, playing five games against top eight sides. They have the two sides below them on the table – North West Thunder and Knox Raiders – which shape as must-wins, while having a final-round match against the side just above them on the table in Waverley Falcons.

Women:

Position: 13th
Wins: 4
Losses: 8

Home: 2-4
Away: 2-4
Last 10: 2-8

Points For: 965
Points Against: 1004
Percentage: 96.1
Points: 12

Summary:

The Huskies women’s side is horribly out of form after starting the season promisingly with four wins from five games. Unfortunately Hobart has lost its past seven matches, and now languishes in thirteenth and will need a lot of luck to secure a finals spot. The Huskies are three wins adrift of the top eight, and will need at least seven of the final eight games to result in victory for them to realistically book themselves a strong place. The three standout players for the Huskies this season have been Ellie Collins (17.0 points, 6.3 rebounds. 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals), Sharna Thompson (16.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals) and Tayla Roberts (15.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 blocks) who have been mainstays in the side with the talented Cayla George restricted to two games.

The run home:

R10: Launceston Tornadoes (A)
R11: Knox Raiders (H)
R12: Melbourne Tigers (H)
R13: Kilsyth Cobras (H) | Ballarat Rush (A)
R14: Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (H) | Melbourne Tigers (A)
R15: Waverley Falcons (H)

The Huskies will be keen to finish off their season on a strong note, and only play one top four side (Knox Raiders) in the run home. They have three sides below them which should give them confidence if they can start notching up the wins, while other sides that are pushing for finals that the Huskies are capable of upsetting.