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NBL SETS NEW SEASON ATTENDANCE RECORD

NBL SETS NEW SEASON ATTENDANCE RECORD

20/02/2018, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25846260

 

   
 
NBL SETS NEW SEASON ATTENDANCE RECORD
 
 
The National Basketball League (NBL) has set a new regular season attendance record in its 40thseason.

688,712 fans attended home and away games during the 2017-18 season, an average attendance of 6,149 per game. This broke the previous record of 5,939 set in 2016-17.

Last weekend’s final round attendance of 52,597 was the second highest attendance for a round in NBL history.

The Perth Wildcats recorded the highest ever attendance for a club during an NBL season with 183,689 fans attending their home games.

Melbourne United also enjoyed a 12% increase in attendances this season with average crowds jumping from 7,402 to 8,293.
 
NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “I want to thank the fans who have voted with their feet and embraced the quality entertainment the NBL offers across Australia and New Zealand.
 
“In an increasingly crowded sports and entertainment market it’s very encouraging to see this sort of growth in attendances particularly in our 40th season. It’s further evidence that basketball is continuing to flourish in Australia and New Zealand with record participation and interest levels in the game.

“It’s been another landmark year for the NBL with games against the NBA, an increased television audience, our first ever game at the Australian Open and the launch of a new 3x3 basketball competition.

“There’s no doubt the NBL is among the best leagues in the world that offers the very best in family entertainment and we are looking forward to more big crowds for our forthcoming finals series.”

The NBL Finals will start on Saturday March 3 when Melbourne United plays the New Zealand Breakers at Hisense Arena at 5.30pm and the Adelaide 36ers play Perth Wildcats at Titanium Security Arena at 7pm. All times are local.
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NBL SETS NEW SEASON ATTENDANCE RECORD
 
 
The National Basketball League (NBL) has set a new regular season attendance record in its 40thseason.

688,712 fans attended home and away games during the 2017-18 season, an average attendance of 6,149 per game. This broke the previous record of 5,939 set in 2016-17.

Last weekend’s final round attendance of 52,597 was the second highest attendance for a round in NBL history.

The Perth Wildcats recorded the highest ever attendance for a club during an NBL season with 183,689 fans attending their home games.

Melbourne United also enjoyed a 12% increase in attendances this season with average crowds jumping from 7,402 to 8,293.
 
NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “I want to thank the fans who have voted with their feet and embraced the quality entertainment the NBL offers across Australia and New Zealand.
 
“In an increasingly crowded sports and entertainment market it’s very encouraging to see this sort of growth in attendances particularly in our 40th season. It’s further evidence that basketball is continuing to flourish in Australia and New Zealand with record participation and interest levels in the game.

“It’s been another landmark year for the NBL with games against the NBA, an increased television audience, our first ever game at the Australian Open and the launch of a new 3x3 basketball competition.

“There’s no doubt the NBL is among the best leagues in the world that offers the very best in family entertainment and we are looking forward to more big crowds for our forthcoming finals series.”

The NBL Finals will start on Saturday March 3 when Melbourne United plays the New Zealand Breakers at Hisense Arena at 5.30pm and the Adelaide 36ers play Perth Wildcats at Titanium Security Arena at 7pm. All times are local.
PERTH PUNISH THE TAIPANS

PERTH PUNISH THE TAIPANS

19/02/2018, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25835467

 

 
 
PERTH PUNISH THE TAIPANS
 
 
The Perth Wildcats have ended the Hungry Jack's NBL home and away season with a huge win over the Cairns Taipans at Perth Arena.

Perth tuned up for the finals with an emphatic 28 point over the Taipans, 89-61, to finish the season in third place and set up a semi final series against arch rivals Adelaide.

Perth went on a scoring rampage as they knocked down a season high 15 three-pointers. Bryce Cotton brought the energy from the start, ending the game with 24 points and grabbing six assists.

It was a disappointing end to the season for the Taipans with Cameron Gliddon among their best with 12 points.


Box Score

Game Highlights

Perth Wildcats Press Conference Vision (Trevor Gleeson and Damian Martin)

Cairns Taipans Breakers Conference Vision (Aaron Fearne and Cameron Gliddon)
 
  Played Won Loss Win % Points For Points Against Point %
Melbourne United 28 20 8 71% 2434 2298 105.92%
Adelaide 36ers 28 18 10 64% 2654 2528 104.98%
Perth Wildcats 28 16 12 57% 2388 2271 105.15%
New Zealand Breakers 28 15 13 54% 2364 2387 99.04%
Illawarra Hawks 28 12 16 43% 2474 2539 97.44%
Cairns Taipans 28 11 17 39% 2215 2281 97.11%
Sydney Kings 28 11 17 39% 2418 2504 96.57%
Brisbane Bullets 28 9 19 32% 2348 2487 94.41%
 
 
 
PERTH PUNISH THE TAIPANS
 
 
The Perth Wildcats have ended the Hungry Jack's NBL home and away season with a huge win over the Cairns Taipans at Perth Arena.

Perth tuned up for the finals with an emphatic 28 point over the Taipans, 89-61, to finish the season in third place and set up a semi final series against arch rivals Adelaide.

Perth went on a scoring rampage as they knocked down a season high 15 three-pointers. Bryce Cotton brought the energy from the start, ending the game with 24 points and grabbing six assists.

It was a disappointing end to the season for the Taipans with Cameron Gliddon among their best with 12 points.


Box Score

Game Highlights

Perth Wildcats Press Conference Vision (Trevor Gleeson and Damian Martin)

Cairns Taipans Breakers Conference Vision (Aaron Fearne and Cameron Gliddon)
 
  Played Won Loss Win % Points For Points Against Point %
Melbourne United 28 20 8 71% 2434 2298 105.92%
Adelaide 36ers 28 18 10 64% 2654 2528 104.98%
Perth Wildcats 28 16 12 57% 2388 2271 105.15%
New Zealand Breakers 28 15 13 54% 2364 2387 99.04%
Illawarra Hawks 28 12 16 43% 2474 2539 97.44%
Cairns Taipans 28 11 17 39% 2215 2281 97.11%
Sydney Kings 28 11 17 39% 2418 2504 96.57%
Brisbane Bullets 28 9 19 32% 2348 2487 94.41%
 
SYDNEY KINGS FINISH SEASON ON HIGH

SYDNEY KINGS FINISH SEASON ON HIGH

18/02/2018, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25830903
   

 
SYDNEY KINGS FINISH SEASON ON HIGH
 
 
A stunning shooting spree by Jason Cadee has powered the Sydney Kings to a thrilling win over the New Zealand Breakers at Qudos Bank Arena.

Cadee was unstoppable as the Kings came from behind to down the more fancied Breakers, 101-86. He knocked down six triples and finished with a game high 30 points.

The win was the Kings' sixth from its last seven games, lifting them off the bottom of the ladder and providing some much needed momentum ahead of next season.

Jerome Randle provided his usual array of highlights as he slammed down 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Kings' comeback brought the crowd of 8,411 to their feet.

New Zealand's loss ensured it finished the season in fourth place and it will meet Melbourne United in the semi finals with Adelaide to play Perth in other semi finals series.


Box Score

Game Highlights

Sydney Kings Press Conference Audio (Andrew Gaze and Jason Cadee)

New Zealand Breakers Press Conference Audio (Paul Henare and Jordan Ngatai)
2017/18 HUNGRY JACK'S NBL FINALS SERIES

2017/18 HUNGRY JACK'S NBL FINALS SERIES

18/02/2018, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25830902
   

 
2017/18 HUNGRY JACK'S NBL FINALS SERIES 
 
 
The National Basketball League has announced the following semi-finals series after the completion of the game between Sydney and New Zealand.
 
Semi Final Series 1 - Melbourne vs New Zealand Breakers
Game 1 – Saturday 3rd March – Hisense Arena, 5.30pm 
Game 2 – Monday 5th March – Spark Arena, 7.30pm
Game 3 (if required) – Sunday 11th March – Hisense Arena, Time TBC
 
Semi Final Series 2 - Adelaide 36ers vs Perth Wildcats
Game 1 – Saturday 3rd March – Titanium Security Arena, 7.00pm 
Game 2 – Friday 9th March – Perth Arena, 6.30pm
Game 3 (if required) – Sunday 11th March – Titanium Security Arena, Time TBC
 
 
All times are local unless otherwise stated. 
 
There will be no finals next weekend owing to FIBA World Cup games. The Hungry Jack's NBL Grand Final Series is scheduled to start on Thursday, March 15.
GOULDING INJURED AS MELBOURNE FALLS TO ILLAWARRA

GOULDING INJURED AS MELBOURNE FALLS TO ILLAWARRA

18/02/2018, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25830899
   

 
GOULDING INJURED AS MELBOURNE FALLS TO ILLAWARRA
 
 
Melbourne United star Chris Goulding will enter the NBL finals under an injury cloud after injuring his ankle in today's final round game against the Illawarra Hawks at Hisense Arena.

Illawarra inflicted a rare loss on Melbourne, 94-84, in a game that had no bearing on the home side's top spot on the Hungry Jack's NBL Ladder.

But it was an ankle injury to Goulding that was the biggest talking point after he was forced from the court in the third quarter and did not take any further part in the game.

In Goulding's favour, Melbourne will have a week off before playing either New Zealand or Perth in the semi- finals series starting on March 3. However, he will be in serious doubt for next weekend's FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

Nick Kay (27 points) and Tim Conraed (24) led the way for Illawarra as it finished an otherwise disappointing season with a 10-point win.



Box Score

Game Highlights
ADELAIDE FLY AS BRISBANE LANGUISH

ADELAIDE FLY AS BRISBANE LANGUISH

18/02/2018, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25828024
   

 
ADELAIDE FLY AS BRISBANE LANGUISH 
 
 
The Adelaide 36ers will roll into the Hungry Jack’s NBL Finals with a full head of steam after demolishing a disappointing Brisbane Bullets by 22-points at Titanium Security Arena. 

Adelaide was a class above the beleaguered Brisbane as the 36ers claimed their third successive win, 105-83, in the club’s last game of the regular season. 

The instant offense of Majok Deng (career-high 20 points) helped create a 19-point buffer by the half and with all 12 Adelaide players on the scorecard by the end of the match the tempo never let up. 

Travis Trice (20 points) was a bright spot early for the Bullets before struggling in the second half as the Bullets faded badly in a disappointing end to their season.

The win confirmed home court advantage for the 36ers in the semi finals and the wooden spoon for the Bullets. 

The Hungry Jack’s NBL regular season winds up tomorrow with a triple-header as Melbourne hosts Illawarra, Sydney plays New Zealand and Perth takes on Cairns. All three games will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 503, starting at 3:00 PM.  


Box Score

Game Highlights

Adelaide 36ers Press Conference Vision (Joey Wright and Anthony Drmic)

Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Vision (Andrej Lemanis and Anthony Petrie)
KINGS BLAST PAST BULLETS

KINGS BLAST PAST BULLETS

16/02/2018, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25807224

 

 
 
KINGS BLAST PAST BULLETS
 
 
The Sydney Kings have leapt off the bottom of the Hungry Jack’s NBL ladder  for the first time since November with a 17-point demolition of Brisbane.

The 90-73 away victory means the Kings have now won five of the last six games and leaves the Bullets facing a second consecutive wooden spoon with just one game remaining for both teams this season.

Kevin Lisch was back to his lethal best as he knocked in five of seven three point baskets to record 18 points, while the offense of Perry Ellis (22 points) looked just as effortless. 

Daniel Kickert was one of the only Bullets to show any signs of life in the contest, scoring 18 points and pulling down five rebounds. 

The final round of Hungry Jack’s NBL action continues with a Friday night double-header as Illawarra ventures across the ditch to take on the Breakers and Melbourne plays host to Perth. Both games will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 503. 


Box Score

Game Highlights

Sydney Kings Press Conference Audio (Andrew Gaze and Perry Ellis)

Sydney Kings Press Conference Vision

Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Audio (Andrej Lemanis and Anthony Petrie)
Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Vision
 
 
KINGS BLAST PAST BULLETS
 
 
The Sydney Kings have leapt off the bottom of the Hungry Jack’s NBL ladder  for the first time since November with a 17-point demolition of Brisbane.

The 90-73 away victory means the Kings have now won five of the last six games and leaves the Bullets facing a second consecutive wooden spoon with just one game remaining for both teams this season.

Kevin Lisch was back to his lethal best as he knocked in five of seven three point baskets to record 18 points, while the offense of Perry Ellis (22 points) looked just as effortless. 

Daniel Kickert was one of the only Bullets to show any signs of life in the contest, scoring 18 points and pulling down five rebounds. 

The final round of Hungry Jack’s NBL action continues with a Friday night double-header as Illawarra ventures across the ditch to take on the Breakers and Melbourne plays host to Perth. Both games will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 503. 


Box Score

Game Highlights

Sydney Kings Press Conference Audio (Andrew Gaze and Perry Ellis)

Sydney Kings Press Conference Vision

Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Audio (Andrej Lemanis and Anthony Petrie)
Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Vision
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TO VISIT BRISBANE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TO VISIT BRISBANE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

15/02/2018, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25795929

 

 
 
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TO VISIT BRISBANE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 
 
 
The Harlem Globetrotters will visit the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane today Thursday February 15 as part of their promotional tour of Australia.
 
Scott ‘Scooter’ Christensen and Corey ‘Thunder’ Law will show off some of their famous trick shots for children at the hospital.
 
Where: Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, 501 Stanley St, South Brisbane 
 
When:  Thursday Feb 15, 11am

Media are welcome to attend and are asked to meet for collection at the Lego display on level two at 11am.
 
 
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TO VISIT BRISBANE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 
 
 
The Harlem Globetrotters will visit the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane today Thursday February 15 as part of their promotional tour of Australia.
 
Scott ‘Scooter’ Christensen and Corey ‘Thunder’ Law will show off some of their famous trick shots for children at the hospital.
 
Where: Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, 501 Stanley St, South Brisbane 
 
When:  Thursday Feb 15, 11am

Media are welcome to attend and are asked to meet for collection at the Lego display on level two at 11am.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

14/02/2018, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25784946
   

 
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA
 
 
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will today arrive in Australia for a promotional tour ahead of their national tour in April.
 
They will join players from the Brisbane Bullets’ NBL team and Brisbane Lions’ AFL team for a media opportunity in Brisbane.
 
WHEN: 9.30am Wednesday, February 14 (Vision opportunity followed by interviews)
 
WHO: Reuben Te Rangi, Travis Trice and Tyrell Harrison (Bullets), Tom Cutler (Lions), Corey “Thunder” Law and Shane “Scooter” Christensen (Harlem Globetrotters)
 
WHERE: Clem Jones Centre, 56 Zahel Street, Carina
 
Corey “Thunder Law” and Shane “Scooter” Christensen will visit Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Cairns, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Hobert and Bendigo over the next 13 days ahead of the Harlem Globetrotters national tour in April.
 
They will be available to media from February 14-27 and media are asked to contact Nick Johnston at the NBL on 0419 538 936 or Nick.Johnston@nbl.com.au to arrange any interviews or vision opportunities.
 
Scooter - Shane Christensen
 
http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/roster/current-roster/scooter
 
Thunder – Corey Law
 
http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/roster/current-roster/thunder
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