Round 3 of the 2014/15 NBL season is in the books, here’s a quick wrap of what happened:
Cairns Taipans d New Zealand Breakers 85-76
The Taipans are absolutely rolling to start this season and they picked up another big win in this game. Scottie Wilbekin is flying and is tearing the NBL apart at the moment. He was supported by Stephen Weigh, while Matt Burston and Alex Loughton were solid on the glass. For New Zealand, they shot poorly and in particular they shot poorly from the free throw line. Cedric Jackson was 3/10 from the field and Corey Webster 5/18.
Player of the Game: Scottie Wilbekin – 24pts, 6rbds, 9asts, 1stl
Adelaide 36ers d Wollongong Hawks 94-73
The 36ers absolutely dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Hawks 30-12 to come away with this one. They had five players score in double figures, with great contributions from Luke Schenscher, Adam Gibson and Jamar Wilson. Gary Ervin was good for the Hawks but he had no support whatsoever from his teammates.
Player of the Game: Adam Gibson – 18pts, 7rbds, 6asts, 1stl
Perth Wildcats d Sydney Kings 84-63
This game will be remembered for Josh Childress being ejected for a flying elbow to Jesse Wagstaff.
However, aside from that, Damien Martin was absolutely awesome in this game. He didn’t score much but he did everything else…he will be my player of the game, so his full statline will be below…how about 9stls though? That’s right, 9stls! The Kings had 20 turnovers for the game and only five free throw attempts, pretty much explains how they lost this one.
Player of the Game: Damien Martin – 2pts, 9rbds, 8asts, 9stls
Townsville Crocodiles d Melbourne United 92-81
United still seem to have absolutely no clue on offense and no idea how to stop an opponents inside game. They were also destroyed on the boards once again. D-Mac has to seriously look at the roster make-up, this is a team full of individuals not a team playing for each other. On the Crocs side of things, there was plenty of ball movement and Clint Steindl was deadly from outside, hitting 5/8 shots from deep. Conklin, Gladness and Holmes were all fantastic on the boards on both ends of the court as well.
Player of the Game: Clint Steindl – 18pts, 6rbds, 3asts, 1stl
New Zealand Breakers d Wollongong Hawks 79-77
Jahii Carson kept the Hawks in this game right up until the end, he finished with 24pts (next closest Hawk was Nevill with 12pts) and also had half of the teams free throw attempts (17 out of the 33). Unfortunately the Breakers had more contributors across the board and Jackson put the nail in the coffin with a couple of free throws at the end of the game, as Carson hoisted up a half court shot that missed at the buzzer. This game will be remembered for the constant courtside announcing and the music that really detracted from the game itself.
Player of the Game: Corey Webster – 16pts, 5rbds, 1ast, 2stls
New Zealand Breakers v Townsville Crocodiles (Friday)
Wollongong Hawks v Perth Wildcats (Friday)
Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings (Saturday)
Melbourne United v Wollongong Hawks (Sunday)
Adelaide 36ers v New Zealand Breakers (Sunday)
Townsville Crocodiles v Perth Wildcats (Sunday)