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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: Ballarat Miners/Rush

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 Ballarat Miners and Ballarat Rush, with the Miners on top of the table and title favourites, while the Rush might rue a slow start to the season with an uphill battle to make finals.

Men:

Position: 1st
Wins: 10
Losses: 2

Home: 3-1
Away: 7-1
Last 10: 8-2

Points For: 1127
Points Against: 907
Percentage: 124.3
Points: 30

Summary:

The Ballarat Miners have emerged as the team to beat this season, sitting on top of the NBL1 Men’s table with 10 wins from 12 games. With 11 wins likely enough to make finals, Ballarat are all but home already despite dropping its two games in the past month. They had been undefeated on the road until slipping up in Round 9 against Frankston Blues, but retain the best defence in the league with just 907 points conceded (75.6 points per game) and the best offence of those having played 12 games or less (93.9 points per game). Jerry Evans Jr is a key reason behind the offensive scoring capability of the Miners, who is averaging 20.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. After Evans Jr, the Miners have an even core of contributors with Kuany Kuany (17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists), Sam Short (12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals), Deng Acuoth (10.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals) and Josh Fox (9.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists) all impacting in every game. Marqueze Coleman (16.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.3 steals) has also been superb off the bench for the Miners.

The run home:

R10: Geelong Supercats (A)
R11: Bendigo Braves (A) | Albury Wodonga Bandits (H)
R12: Diamond Valley Eagles (H)
R13: Geelong Supercats (H) | Hobart Huskies (H)
R14: Waverley Falcons (H)
R15: Melbourne Tigers (H)

The Miners will be pleased to have 10 wins on the board so far, with a tough draw in the run home. They have just one bottom six side (Albury Wodonga Bandits) in the home stretch, with two games against title contenders Geelong Supercats, and one against top four side Melbourne Tigers. The other matches against sides ranked ninth to twelfth on the ladder with extra at stake as they try and push into the finals spots.

Women:

Position: 12th
Wins: 5
Losses: 7

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

Points For: 952
Points Against: 966
Percentage: 98.6
Points: 15

Summary:

The Ballarat Rush are likely to rue a poor start to the season, losing the first six games before going on a remarkable five-game winning streak. They were stopped by the hands of Ringwood Hawks on the weekend, before winning against a side in similar form in Frankston Blues. While the past month has been impressive, it will take a massive effort to make finals, and while they are just two games off the pace, they have a horror run home that will require their best each and every week. Olivia Hackmann has been a shining light for the Rush, averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game, while Hsi-le Bao has been another who has started in every game as one of the best centers in the competition, averaging 12.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Others who have stepped up coming off the bench while starting at least half a dozen times are Chanise Jenkins (14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.3 steals) and Georgia Amoore (12.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals.

The run home:

R10: Geelong Supercats (A)
R11: Bendigo Braves (A) | Albury Wodonga Bandits (H)
R12: Diamond Valley Eagles (H)
R13: Geelong Supercats (H) | Hobart Huskies (H)
R14: Waverley Falcons (H)
R15: Melbourne Tigers (H)

The Rush have an unenviable run home with two games against top-of-the-table Geelong Supercats, and a road trip against second placed Bendigo Braves. It means the game against ninth placed Albury Wodonga Bandits is a must win, with a loss all but ending their finals hopes. They will start favourites against Diamond Valley Eagles, Hobart Huskies and Waverley Falcons, but will have their work cut out for them against Melbourne Tigers in the final round, with the Rush likely to need to win six of their remaining eight – including finding a win against one of the top two sides.

NBL1 mid-season review: Albury Wodonga Bandits

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 Albury Wodonga Bandits, with the women on the verge of the top eight, while the men are hoping to finish strong after a mid-season slump.

Men:

Position: 15th
Wins: 5
Losses: 7

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

Points For: 1085
Points Against: 1157
Percentage: 93.8
Points: 15

Summary:

The Albury Wodonga Bandit’s men’s side started the season strongly, but has faded over the past two months, slipping to fifteenth on the table with seven losses in the past 10 games after having a nice run of wins to start the season. They now sit five games behind top spot, and with eight matches remaining would need to win the majority of those to have any chance of making finals. Their percentage has remained intact thanks to some tight games, with Ken-Jah Bosley the big difference on court, averaging 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. But there is some competition with partner-in-crime Torren Jones giving him a run for his money in the best and fairest, playing every game and averaging 20.4 points per game as well as 13.9 rebounds, standing out as a premier player off the boards. The other player worth mentioning so far is Deba George who has been consistent in every game with an average of 17.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game, being the playmaker within the team in the forward half.

The run home:

R10: Bendigo Braves (H)
R11: Southern Sabres (A) | Ballarat Miners (A)
R12: Frankston Blues (H)
R13: Eltham Wildcats (H)
R14: Bendigo Braves (A) | Dandenong Rangers (H)
R15: Knox Raiders (H)

While the Bandits need arguably at least six wins to secure a finals spot, that is easier said than done with a tough draw on the run home. They play five games against top nine sides – including two against ninth placed Bendigo Braves. They do take on Southern Sabres and Knox Raiders, as well as Eltham Wildcats which are all winnable games, but the Bandits will need to take a big scalp or two in the final eight games if they are to squeeze into the top eight.

Women:

Position: 9th
Wins: 6
Losses: 6

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

Points For: 911
Points Against: 917
Percentage: 99.3
Points: 18

Summary:

The Albury Wodonga Bandit’s women’s side is in better shape than the men’s despite having lost their last three games. They too started the season on fire, slipped a little, recovered and have fallen back in the past three games. They have a chance to still make finals however with a more even mid-table than in the men’s. With Geelong and Bendigo the two standout teams, just four games separates third from twelfth meaning there are a number of sides who can still clamber into the top eight. The Bandits have an even contribution at the top, with 11 of the 12 games featuring the same five starters. Cherise Daniel averages 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals, while Natalie Hurst (15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals), Jessie Edwards (15.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists), Emma Mahady (12. points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals) and Emilee Harmon (10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists) have all been strong players in the starting line-up.

The run home:

R10: Bendigo Braves (H)
R11: Southern Sabres (A) | Ballarat Rush (A)
R12: Frankston Blues (H)
R13: Eltham Wildcats (H)
R14: Bendigo Braves (A) | Dandenong Rangers (H)
R15: Knox Raiders (H)

The side has some seriously tough teams in the run home with just one side in the bottom six (Southern Sabres), and four of the final eight games against three of the top four sides. They must win games against Eltham Wildcats (eighth), Frankston Blues (tenth) and Ballarat Rush (twelfth) with those sides in the same boat battling for a top eight spot, turning it into a massive set of games. An upset win against Bendigo Braves next round could reignite the Bandits’ season, while a likely loss could have them two games outside the top eight.