Sunday, 25 March 2012

NBL Round 25 weekend Wrap up

This weekends Round 25 NBL action finished off the regular season with most games having little to no effect on the ladder or playoff contention.

New Zealand Breakers 76 def Townsville Crocs 69
This game actually effected where townsville finished on the ladder, where a win may have taken them to 3rd place if Gold coast lost on sun but since New Zealand won the stabalised the ladder and held 4th place going into the playoffs. Townsville played well but just came up after managing to take a narrow lead in the going into the last break. However the minor premiors were to strong and recaptured the lead early in the final period to never look like faltering. Townsville will have to up there game to stand a chance next week in game one of the semi finals at Auckland.
New Zealand Breakers 76 (Abercrombie 20, Wilkinson 16) Townsville Crocodiles 69 (Mims 14, Gill 11)

Cairns Taipans 79 def Adelaide 36ers 75
The Cairns Taipans managed to finish the season on a high getting a win at home agains the Adelaide 36ers on Friday night. Still missing big men Alex Loughton and Ian Crosswhite Cairns ended there losing streak with some big plays by Jamar Wilson (17 points) and a well rounded effort from Aaron Grabau (13 points, 75% three-point shooting, 7 rebounds, 3 assists)who has recently started playing some good solid Ball. Adelaide utilised Diamon Simpson well racking up some good numbers with solid double double with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Chris Warren had solid game mainting adelaide at a close figure throughout the game. However Cairns remained composed throughout the game finished on high for the season.
Cairns Taipans 79 (Wilson 17, Warren 17, Grabau 13) Adelaide 36ers 75 (Simpson 20, Johnson 15)

Perth Wildcats 72 narrowly def Melbourne Tigers 71
A game that would have been great to see however was not shown this week with perth just getting up against a Melbourne team that must finally been able to work well together. Myron Allen played well across the board 13 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds but missed the game winning basket with 0.4 sec on the clock, missing a fadeaway that hit the shot clock. Trevor Gleeson was happy with how his team played against an extremely strong in form Perth outfit going into the playoffs.“I wish we played like that all the time," he said. "We finally got it right but it took 28 games to get there. A couple shots here and there, that’s how close it was. But I was proud of the effort." Dorsey had a big game to account for his lack of game the last few weeks leading the scoring with 22 points. But Kevin Lisch 19 and Shawn Redhage 19 led the Wildcats to another victory going into semi's.
Perth Wildcats 72 (Redhage 19, Lisch 19) Melbourne Tigers 71 (Dorsey 22, Burston 15, Walker 13)

Wolloongong Hawks 77 def Sydney Kings 68
Woollongong Hawks managed to hold onto their lead and defeat the Sydney kings in Sydney on sat in front of 7282 home crowd. The hawks had a 16 point lead which was cut back to 2 in the final quarter where Sydney were looking to take the win. But back to back 3's from Ayinda Ubaka clinched the win for the Hawks. “It was really disappointing tonight,” Kings coach Shane Heal said Anatoly bose was sensational with 21 points and should easily be rookie of the year. Especially in a sydney team thats missing real point guard to injury and have undergone several changed through the season. But they werent strong enough to stand up to the hawks pressure and with some bad shooting from the sydney side couldnt get the win at home.
Wollongong Hawks 77 (Catron 15, Ubaka 13, Martin 12) Sydney Kings 68 (Bose 21, Khazzouh 18, Madgen 15)

Wollongong Hawks 92 def Adelaide 36ers 78
Woollongong got to send Mat Campbell off in style after a huge defeat of the Adelaide 36ers at home. Mat Campbell retired after 17yrs in the league all at the Woolloongong Hawks. He kept the team alive through financial difficltires as most teams were going under and woollongong reamins the only founding team left in the NBL. Campbell was given a key to the city by the lord mayer prior to tip off. A crowd of 5032 flocked to the Sandpit to celebrate the career of their iconic leader and club saviour, he reciprocated with the six points and four assists, his final score coming off a trademark fallaway jumper. Adelaide never lead the scoring with Woollongong to strong in the battle for the wooden spoon. Oscar Foreman had another big night of shooting leading all scoring with 22 points as the 36ers were never able to challenge the lead. Mat Campbell was subbed out with under 1 min to play was saluted by a deafening standing ovation as he exited the floor for the final time.
Wollongong Hawks 92 (Forman 22, Davidson 16, Martin 11) Adelaide 36ers 78 (Weigh 15, Johnson 14)

Gold Coast Blaze 94 destroy an undermanned New Zealand Breakers 71
The New Zealand Breakers already have the minor premiorship already wrapped up and with the table stable going into the playoffs rested his top players CJ bruton, Gary Wilkinson, Darryl Corletto and Cedric Jackson. WHile the Gold coast blaze rested Adam Gibson with some calf tightness. Lacking their star players the blaze destroyed them with a huge start going 7 from 7 3 pointers in the first quarter. Chris Goulding as a starting player with gibson out was white hot with the first 3 from 3 3 pointers to take the lead at 6-9 in the first. He finished with a game high 20 points. The first quarter was very high scoring at 31-23 going to blaze. But scoring slowed in the 2nd half with the breakers chipping away at the lead till gold coast blew it out in th 4th quarter with a 9-0 run. Both teams had 5 players in double figures giving good minutes to bench players. But the gold coast were to good for a very undermanned New Zealand outfit.
Gold Coast Blaze 94 (Goulding 20, Deleon 14, Worthington 12, Hudson 10, Garlepp 10) New Zealand Breakers 71 (Abercrombie 15, Pledger 12, Henry 11, Vukona 10, Bloxham 10)

Gold Coast will need to be in form as they go to Perth for the first round of the playoffs next week.

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