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BREAKERS BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT THE BULLETS

BREAKERS BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT THE BULLETS

07/12/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25095656

 
BREAKERS BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT THE BULLETS
 
 
New Zealand has consolidated top spot on the Hungry Jack's NBL ladder with a seven point win over the Brisbane Bullets.

The Breakers bounced back after a two-game losing streak in Round 8, to take the win over a tenacious Brisbane at Spark Arena, 96-89

The Bullets were out to make it two in a row against the top placed Breakers. New Zealand entered the final quarter up by 4 points, led by star import DJ Newbill (17 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds) the Breakers turned on the heat ran home with the win.

Tom Abercrombie was the standout for New Zealand, slamming on 22 points, 12 rebounds and was 5-5 from the three-point line.

Brisbane’s big man Tom Jervis (20 points, 4 rebounds) was keeping his team in game, but fouled out in the final quarter.

Round Nine of the Hungry Jack’s NBL Season continues tomorrow night when Perth take on Adelaide at Perth Arena at 9:30 PM AEDT. The game will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 503


Box Score

Game Highlights

New Zealand Breakers Press Conference Audio 
New Zealand Breakers Conference Vision (Paul Henare and Tom Abercrombie) 

Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Audio 
Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Vision (Andrej Lemanis and Tom Jervis)
GRAND SLAM DUNK A FIRST FOR TENNIS AND BASKETBALL

GRAND SLAM DUNK A FIRST FOR TENNIS AND BASKETBALL

06/12/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25082658
   

 
GRAND SLAM DUNK A FIRST FOR TENNIS AND BASKETBALL
 
 
Tennis Australia and the National Basketball League have teamed up for a Grand Slam first at the Australian Open 2018.
 
In a win for sports fans, NBL teams Melbourne United and the Cairns Taipans will play an official match, dubbed the AO Game, at Hisense Arena in week two of the Australian Open.
 
Fans will be able to attend both the Australian Open and basketball on Wednesday 24 January 2018 for the special price of just $60 for adults and $10 for children.
 
Tickets will provide a Ground Pass to the Australian Open as well as entry into the AO Game at Hisense Arena at 7.30pm.
 
“This is a unique opportunity to showcase two of the world’s biggest sports in one location on one day and our fans are the big winners,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.
 
“Working with the NBL we have been able to schedule the AO Game in the second week of the Australian Open to give everyone a chance to enjoy both sports in the one precinct at great value.
 
“Combining two sports is a Grand Slam first and part of our commitment to bring more entertainment to what is already Australia’s biggest sporting event.”
 
 “We are excited to be part of Australia’s biggest sporting event and for fans to have the chance to watch world-class tennis and basketball on the same day,” NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeligersaid.
 
“We are expecting the AO Game to be a sell-out so we urge fans to get their tickets quickly and come along and enjoy a great day at the tennis, followed by a night at the basketball.”
 
The Melbourne-Cairns game was originally scheduled for the State Netball and Hockey and Centre on 14 January due to the unavailability of Hisense Arena. .
 
The Melbourne United-New Zealand Breakers game originally scheduled for 25 January in Auckland has now been brought forward to 18 January.
 
“I want to thank Tennis Australia and the NBL for the opportunity to be part of what should be a special event for the people of Melbourne,” Melbourne United Chief Executive Vince Crivelli said.
 
“Our home court, Hisense Arena, opens up an extra 6,500 seats than a game at a smaller venue, so we can showcase our exciting sport to even more event lovers in January.”
 
Tickets for the AO Game, which includes an Australian Open Ground Pass, will go on sale at 9amMonday 11 December 2017 via Ticketek.
 
Melbourne United Reserved Seat Members can register to attend the game between 1.30pm Wednesday 6 December and 9am Monday 11 December. All other members must purchase a seat through Ticketek.
 
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Australian Open 2018, presented by Kia Motors in association with ANZ, Jacob’s Creek and Rolex, will take place at Melbourne Park from 15-28 January.
 
Australian Open tickets are now on sale at ticketek.com.au.

 
UNITED DOWN HAWKS

UNITED DOWN HAWKS

05/12/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25066636

 
UNITED DOWN HAWKS
 
 
Melbourne United has bounced back from its recent thrashing by reigning champions Perth with an emphatic 18 point win over last years runners up Illawarra at Hisense Arena.

The fast paced start to the game pointed to a close one, but the undermanned Hawks faded after halftime to go down 91-73.

After a slow start to the season, Chris Goulding got his groove back dropping 14 points and handing out 5 assists to help his side to a much needed victory.

Casey Prather continued to provide highlights for the home side, slamming on 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. 

Rotnei Clarke (24 points) was a standout for the Hawks but lacked support as his team continued their hoodoo at Hisense Arena. 



Box Score

Game Highlights

Melbourne United Press Conference Audio 
Melbourne United Press Conference Vision (Dean Vickerman and Chris Goulding) 

Illawarra Hawks Press Conference Audio 
Illawarra Hawks Press Conference Vision (Rob Beveridge and Rotnei Clarke)
 
  Played Won Loss Win % Points For Points Against Point %
New Zealand Breakers 12 9 3 75% 1017 988 102.94%
Perth Wildcats 11 8 3 73% 962 860 111.86%
Adelaide 36ers 11 6 5 55% 1026 993 103.32%
Melbourne United 11 6 5 55% 958 935 102.46%
Cairns Taipans 13 6 7 46% 1028 1019 100.88%
Illawarra Hawks 12 5 7 42% 1048 1087 96.41%
Brisbane Bullets 11 4 7 36% 942 991 95.06%
Sydney Kings 13 3 10 23% 1120 1228 91.21%
 
BULLETS SHOOT DOWN THE BREAKERS

BULLETS SHOOT DOWN THE BREAKERS

03/12/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25053773

 
BULLETS SHOOT DOWN THE BREAKERS  
 
The Brisbane Bullets have caused one of the biggest upsets of the NBL season with a stunning five point win over ladder leaders New Zealand.

The home side found the recipe for defensive success and overcame their fourth quarter woes to record a 81-76 victory and end NZ's five-game stranglehold over the Bullets. 

The Bullets entered the final period with a 10 point lead. But Reuben Te Rangi (11 points) steadied any would-be Bullets nerves with some steady outside shooting while Perrin Buford continued his outstanding season with 18 points of his own.

Breakers imports DJ Newbill and Edgar Sosa did their fair share of damage for the visitors with 21 and 18 points respectively, but ultimately couldn’t unlock the stifling Brisbane defence consistently enough to avoid a second successive defeat.  

Round Eight of the Hungry Jack’s NBL Season wraps up tomorrow night when Melbourne and Illawarra face-off at Hisense Arena at 7.30pm. The game will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 503.  


Box Score

Game Highlights

New Zealand Breakers Press Conference Audio 
New Zealand Breakers Press Conference Vision (Paul Henare and Tom Abercrombie) 

Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Audio 
Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Vision (Andrej Lemanis and Reuben Te Rangi)
ADELAIDE STOP THE BULLETS IN THRILLER

ADELAIDE STOP THE BULLETS IN THRILLER

02/12/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25038860
   

 
ADELAIDE STOP THE BULLETS IN THRILLER 
 
 
Adelaide has stormed home to snatch a thrilling win over the Brisbane in their grudge game at Titanium Security Arena.

The 36ers were nine points down with five minutes to play but led by the precision shooting of Mitch Creek ran out the narrowest of victors, 84-83. 

Creek scored the winning basket with 30 seconds left on the clock to cap-off off a stunning comeback win. He finished with 23 points while Nathan Sobey (12 points) was impressive in transition as Adelaide continually pushed the ball in a fast-paced matchup.

The win was particularly sweet for the home side after a controversial clash between the Bullets’ Daniel Kickert and Adelaide’s Anthony Drmic and coach Joey Wright last season.

Kickert did his best to drag his team across the line with 18 points but ultimately couldn’t fix the Bullets fourth-quarter woes in a disappointing fade out for the visitors.

It was an important win for Adelaide with table-toppers Perth and New Zealand looming on the schedule while Brisbane also has a matchup with the league-leading Breakers on the horizon in round nine.



Box Score

Game Highlights

Adelaide 36ers Press Conference Vision (Joey Wright and Josh Childress) 

Brisbane Bullets Press Conference Vision (Andrej Lemanis and Adam Gibson)
WAGSTAFF CATCHES FIRE TO BREAK NZ STREAK

WAGSTAFF CATCHES FIRE TO BREAK NZ STREAK

01/12/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25030165
   

 
WAGSTAFF CATCHES FIRE TO BREAK NZ STREAK
 
 
A fourth-quarter scoring explosion by Perth's Jesse Wagstaff has stopped the Breakers in their tracks in Auckland and ended the league leader’s run of nine successive victories.

The 89-73 win marked Perth’s first win across the ditch in their last nine efforts and the Wildcats’ first win against New Zealand in six games.

Wagstaff became the closer down the stretch for Perth with four final-term threes and some smothering defensive plays to stave off a resilient New Zealand side.

JP Tokoto was unstoppable on the offensive end showing off his feathery touch on his way to 25 points on 64 per cent shooting.

Edgar Sosa (10 points, seven assists) and Alex Pledger (15 points) impressed early before Perth opened a buffer in the third period to the obvious frustration of Breakers coach Paul Henare.

New Zealand will attempt to bounce back against Brisbane on Sunday night while Perth will look to carry its momentum into round nine when they play Adelaide and Illawarra.  


Box Score

Game Highlights

New Zealand Breakers Press Conference Audio (Paul Henare and Alex Pledger) 

Perth Wildcats Press Conference Audio (Trevor Gleeson and Jesse Wagstaff)
SYDNEY KINGS TRIUMPH OVER CAIRNS TAIPANS

SYDNEY KINGS TRIUMPH OVER CAIRNS TAIPANS

30/11/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 25019855
   

 
SYDNEY KINGS TRIUMPH OVER CAIRNS TAIPANS
 
 
The Sydney Kings have snapped a five game losing streak with a much needed win over the Cairns Taipans at Qudos Bank Arena.

Led by imports Jerome Randle and Jeremy Tyler, the Kings set up their win with a dominant first half before running out winners, 81-72.

Jason Cadee (16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) was a standout for the Kings in the first half shooting 4-8 from behind the arc. Randle has returned back to his 2016 MVP form scoring 16 points and grabbing 6 rebounds for the game. Big man Tyler (15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) was player of the game.

The Kings win was soured by an injury to Todd Blanchfield who had a head clash with teammate Isaac Humphries in the second quarter and was carried off with a suspected concussion. Perry Ellis also hurt his shoulder in the first quarter but finished the game.

Cameron Gliddon (20 points) and Alex Loughton (19 points, 5 rebounds) were among the best for the Taipans who will be out for revenge when they play the Kings at home this Saturday.



 
Box Score

Game Highlights

Sydney Kings Press Conference Audio 
Sydney Kings Press Conference Vision (Andrew Gaze and Jerome Randle)

Cairns Taipans Press Conference Audio 
Cairns Taipans Conference Vision (Aaron Fearne and Alex Loughton)
HAWKS RAIN ON KINGS’ PARADE

HAWKS RAIN ON KINGS’ PARADE

17/11/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24858548
   

 
HAWKS RAIN ON KINGS’ PARADE
 
 
Jerome Randle was back and so were the Sydney Kings – at least for three quarters.

The Illawarra Hawks stunned Sydney as they erased a 16-point final break lead to force overtime and steal a dramatic four-point win at the Sandpit.  

Four consecutive missed free-throws from enigmatic King Jeremy Tyler and three-point daggers from Rotnei Clarke and Demitris Conger gave the 97-93 win to the Hawks in the extra period.

AJ Ogilvy (19 points, nine rebounds), Clarke (19 points, six assists) and Conger (16 points, seven rebounds) all took leading roles in overturning the deficit.

Randle (28 points, nine rebounds and five assists) was unfazed by the frosty reception dealt to him by the Illawarra fans as last season’s MVP picked up where he left off in his return game.

Randle will now face his former team in Adelaide on Saturday night. Illawarra will look to extend its win streak to five when it faces Cairns in the second game of Saturday night’s double header.


Box Score

Game Highlights

Illawarra Press Conference Vision (Rob Beveridge and Rotnei Clarke)

Sydney Conference Vision (Andrew Gaze and Jason Cadee)
CAIRNS STUN MELBOURNE IN SHOCK WIN

CAIRNS STUN MELBOURNE IN SHOCK WIN

10/11/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 24778476
   

 
CAIRNS STUN MELBOURNE IN SHOCK WIN
 
 
It took just a week to exact revenge but the Cairns Taipans have thrashed Melbourne United by 23 points at the Cairns Convention Centre.
 
Melbourne started favourite but it was Cairns who finished stronger with a 45 point turnaround from last week's 22 point loss to United to run out 92-69 winners.

The only negative for Cairns was a potentially serious ankle injury to star import Michael Carrera. 

Mitch McCarron’s second NBL double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Cameron Gliddon’s season high 20 points were enough to fill the gaping hole left by Carrera’s absence after he left the court in the first period.

The Tapians’ defence blanketed Melbourne on a dirty night for its star trio as Goulding, Prather and Ware combined to score just 24 points.


It doesn’t get any easier for Melbourne with the new-look Sydney Kings next up on the scheduleon Saturday night, while Cairns will meet Brisbane at 3:00 PM on Sunday.
 
Box Score

Game Highlights

Cairns Taipans Press Conference Audio 
Cairns Press Conference Vision (Aaron Fearne and Cameron Gliddon) 

Melbourne United Press Conference Audio 
Melbourne Press Conference Vision (Dean Vickerman and Chris Goulding)

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