Round 2 of the NBL season is done and dusted, here’s a wrap of what took place:
New Zealand Breakers d Adelaide 36ers 101-80
The 36ers were destroyed on the glass in this one, Luke Schenscher a big disappointment with only 2 rebounds in 21mins. Corey Webster showed off his offensive talents with 23pts and Cedric Jackson put in another good display for the Breakers. Tai Wesley gets my player of the game though for his efficient offense and great rebounding.
Player of the Game: Tai Wesley – 17pts (4/7fg, 7/10ft), 10rbds, 1ast
Townsville Crocodiles d Sydney Kings 86-81
This was a tale of two halves, the Kings won the first convincingly while the Crocs came back in the second and stole the game. It was good to see Ben Madgen find that scoring touch again for the Kings, however it was the play of Brian Conklin and Mickel Gladness that won the day for the Crocs.
Player of the Game: Brian Conklin – 30pts, 10rbds, 2asts, 1stl, 1blk
Cairns Taipans d Melbourne United 88-73
New coach, same result for United in this one. Stephen Dennis finally made his debut for the Melbourne side and played 16mins. Mark Worthington had another efficient night offensively but Jordan McRae puts up far too many shots and continues to be inefficient. Scottie Wilbekin had a quiet game this time out but the slack was picked up by Cam Tragardh and Stephen Weigh.
Player of the Game: Cam Tragardh – 18pts, 6rbds, 1ast, 1stl
Perth Wildcats d Wollongong Hawks 69-59
A low scoring affair this game but the Wildcats got the win and somewhat bounced back after the shock loss last week. This was Shawn Redhage’s 300th NBL game and a fantastic crowd of over 11,000 were there to witness it, 15pts for the milestone man. Jahii Carson was good for the Hawks but had six turnovers, however it was the DeAndre Daniels show as the import had a fantastic game for the Wildcats.
Player of the Game: DeAndre Daniels – 16pts, 13rbds, 3stls, 3blks
Melbourne United d New Zealand Breakers 95-74
Well this was unexpected! United get on the board with an upset win over the Breakers. Corey Webster showed off his offensive talents once again and Cedric Jackson was good rebounding and passing the ball but had a shocking time shooting it. In fact, the majority of the Breakers players didn’t have a good afternoon shooting the ball. Jordan McRae had an efficient game for a change, Mark Worthington continued to be Mark Worthington and Daniel Kickert showed why he can be considered the marquee signing.
Player of the Game: Jordan McRae – 31pts, 9rbds, 2asts, 1stl, 1blk
Cairns Taipans d Wollongong Hawks 91-89
The Taipans have now started the season 4-0 after a close one against the Hawks. I love a good three point shooting display and Oscar Forman was on top of his game in this one, shooting 7/10 from downtown. Both teams shot the ball well from the field and in the end it was a few extra free throws for the Taipans and more steals on defense that got them over the line. I know the Hawks lost but I can’t go past Formans shooting display, so he gets the nod as Player of the Game.
Player of the Game: Oscar Forman – 23pts, 6rbds, 1blk
Upcoming matchups for Round 3:
New Zealand Breakers v Cairns Taipans (Thursday)
Adelaide 36ers v Wollongong Hawks (Thursday)
Perth Wildcats v Sydney Kings (Friday)
Townsville Crocodiles v Melbourne United (Saturday)
Wollongong Hawks v New Zealand Breakers (Sunday)