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CLEVELAND CUTCleveland threw down a stunning one-handed dunk with such venom that he cut his right hand on the rim early in the second quarter. The import led all players with 10 points at the time, but needed running repairs during a timeout and played out the match with the hand bandaged. The break in play sparked a rare bright patch by the Bullets, who went on a 13-5 run to slash the margin to seven points.
Veteran David Barlow was subbed out of the game with concussion after copping an accidental elbow from Hawks forward Sam Froling. David Okwera had an ankle concern, but returned to the game. For Peat‘s sakeMason Peatling had a day out for Melbourne United. The stretch big was at his efficient best with 19 points on 88% shooting and 11 boards. Peatling missed the first 10 games of the season in his recovery from knee surgery, but appears to be in full swing now and is a crucial addition to the United front court. “Just an unbelievable game from him, ” Vickerman said. “He‘s had a really good two or three games in a row and was rewarded with a starting spot tonight.
Creek played like a video game character on cheat mode on his way to 46 points, the most by any NBL player this season. He added a team-high 10 rebounds and also reached 4000 points in the NBL after he put back a two-pointer after an offensive rebound from a missed free throw in the second quarter. He knocked down some massive shots including a clutch three to give his side a 102-99 lead in overtime, but his efforts were matched every step of the way by Walton who carried the Kings with Xavier Cooks off injured.
“That’s not understanding what’s really relevant. That is an expensive decision by the officials which, to me, is unwarranted. ”WAR OF ATTRITIONThe Kings will head into their historic Christmas Day clash sweating on the fitness of their most important player. MVP favourite Xavier Cooks finished scoreless and didn’t return after quarter-time after the Kings captain complained of ankle soreness two days after he limped up the tunnel against the Hawks.
Cleveland soon regained his rhythm with another monster jam and high-fives for courtside fans, Franks with seven points in the second quarter as the home side dashed away to a 54-35 lead at the main break. DJ DOWNThe Sixers suffered a blow hours before the tip-off when important big man Daniel Johnson was ruled out with gastro. The home side adjusted well to the star veteran’s absence in the paint, winning the rebound count 47-36.
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Cotton finished with 24 points, which included five-from-nine from three, while Thomas not only had 22 points of his own, but, importantly kept Cairns MVP candidate Keanu Pinder quiet. TaShawn Thomas had 16 points at seven from seven from the field for a perfect shooting record of 100 per cent until the final seconds of the half, before finishing with a 22-point, 12-rebound double-double. He also had six assists, a steal and a block in a busy night.
Disappointingly for Brisbane, the Phoenix were below full strength but rarely had to get out of second gear to cruise to the win as some of the crowd made their way to the exits with four minutes left on the clock. The heavy loss followed an interview on the NBL website with US-based Bullets co-owner Jason Levien on Tuesday that was more broad, vague PR spin and politician-like rhetoric than anything of substance or genuine insight. It has done little – if anything – to placate the Bullets fanbase who are still demanding answers and has only heightened fears that Brisbane is trying to force NBL great and GM of Basketball Sam Mackinnon out of the club despite having the backing of the players and staff during his short stint as interim head coach. He’s aliveCamera-shy Bullets CEO Peter McLennan was on hand at the game but his only communication with a vast majority of Bullets supporters in the past tumultuous month has been via written statements.
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The Sixers have been maddeningly inconsistent at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre where they had a 2-4 record in the first half of the season, but it was showtime on Saturday night in a highlight heavy 108-77 triumph against the hapless Bullets. It was Adelaide’s highest score and biggest win of the season, Franks finishing with a game-high 25 points and Cleveland draining 20 points and pulling down nine rebounds. CJ Bruton has highlighted the need for his side to banish the poor starts that were a big part of their struggles at home and his team delivered with an energetic 28-12 opening term that set the tone for the impressive display. The result snapped a three-game losing skid by Bruton’s side and improved its win-loss record to 7-8, while dropping Brisbane’s to 4-11.
“CG‘s job on Harvey tonight and the way he defended that was exceptional, ” Vickerman said. “I know CG and before that time out the coach‘s comment to me was ’CG was great in that time out’. “He really just led, this is how we are going to come back [into the game]. ”Newley, 37, registered his 300th NBL game, some feat considering he spent a decade of his career playing in Europe. He got his start with the Townsville Crocodiles in 2004, where he was the NBL rookie of the year. United improved to 8-11, keeping their top six hopes alive in the process. A loss would have been disastrous for United‘s playoff hopes. There are some injury concerns for United though.
They led by 15 at the main break courtesy of a 57 per cent hit rate from the field, and ultimately ran out 22-point winners in a statement win. They now have a six-day break, which includes Christmas at home, before they next take the floor. WALKING ON AYREThe impact man lived up to that recent billing by keeping Cairns in the contest.
Injected into the contest less than four minutes into the last Round 11 clash, Ayre took matters into his hands, sinking three straight from range. His hot streak ended when the Taipans’ offense broke down and Ayre threw it up from far beyond the arc as the shot clock expired. The Taipans will play their fifth game in 13 days on Friday, when they face Melbourne United in the open air game at John Cain Arena.
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Goulding, 34, a three-time NBL champion, became the 50th player in NBL history to play 400 games, with 227 coming in a United uniform. He finished with 25 points, including six three-pointers. But it was Goulding‘s leadership and resolute defence on Hawks guard Tyler Harvey that stood out for United coach Dean Vickerman. When United was staring at a deficit in the fourth, it was Goulding who rallied the troops.