News

Clutch Melbourne continue unbeaten run

CTI Melbourne United star Stephen Holt made a game-winning foul shot as his club scored a thrilling last-second win over New Zealand Breakers in front 9,020 fans at Hisense Arena on Sunday. The stadium was at fever pitch in Melbourne’s comeback 87-86 win but the reigning champion Breakers will leave Melbourne with their heads held high as Thomas Abercrombie (24 points) and star point guard Cedric Jackson looked to have kicked their seasons into high gear. Jackson ran the show well for New Zealand and had hands in everything, registering a fifth-career triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Melbourne remains on the top of the ladder with nine wins from nine games. In a thrilling finish the Breakers led 86-84 with 11 seconds to play after Alex Pledger’s free throw but Chris Goulding tied the scores for Melbourne with two free throws of his own making it 86-86 with 11 seconds to play and the ball in Melbourne’s hands. Holt drove to the basket and drew a foul on Pledger with only 1.1 seconds to play, with Holt then making the first free throw to take the lead before missing the second which allowed the clock to run out. Goulding and Holt both led Melbourne’s scoring with 21 points each while United's bench stepped up with 24 points compared to just nine for the undermanned Breakers who were missing star forwards Mika Vukona (hamstring) and Tai Wesley (birth of child). Melbourne coach Dean Demopoulos said his club had battled to score a valuable win but were lucky to take away the result after some debate around a late-game foul call that sent Goulding to the line. “As much as I love coming out on top I don’t like it like that - I feel bad,” Demopoulos said. “I’m not saying it’s wrong or right - I have no idea. Just it’s not the way I would like it, if I was on the other side I wouldn’t like it. “I feel for New Zealand but I would rather be on this side of it.” Breakers coach Dean Vickerman said he felt like his side had won but they needed to be better. “Great game, proud of our boys when having our two power forwards not here and changing our roster with just a 15-minute practice in Auckland and a 20-minute shoot around today,” he said. “We haven’t played two centres together [Pledger and Charles Jackson] all year, we haven’t played Reuben Te Rangi that much as a power forward, where he is out of position. “I’m just so proud that they did their job today.” The game was full of highlight plays with Abercrombie’s backdoor alley-oop dunk via Cedric Jackson and Goulding’s breakaway slam dunk the pick of the bunch. Cedric Jackson also made a stunning steal and dunk in the last quarter. Melbourne’s Igor Hadziomerovic's (eight points, three steals) hustle play earned himself extra minutes down the stretch, and he landed a massive triple on the shot-clock buzzer just as the game was getting out of reach. Melbourne United play Cairns Taipans at Cairns Entertainment Centre on Friday night while the Breakers host Perth Wildcats on Friday night. Melbourne United 87 (Holt 21, Goulding 21, Jackson 10) New Zealand Breakers 86 (Abercrombie 24, Cedric Jackson 16, Webster 15)
FEATURE

Caroline to Bring Energy

20 hours ago

FREE AGENCY

Taipans Complete Roster with Experienced Point Guard

1 day ago

FEATURE

Gliddon Eyes Return to Best

1 day ago

FREE AGENCY

Perth Add NBL1 Standout as DP

2 days ago

NEWS

Report: Makur Maker Signs NBA Deal

3 days ago

NBL23

Analysis: Breakout Candidates

3 days ago

NEWS

Humphries Drawn to United "Prestige"

3 days ago

FREE AGENCY

36ers Add “Extra Edge” to Roster

3 days ago

NEWS

NBL Trading Cards Return With Topps

3 days ago

GAME REPORT

Gaels Overrun Phoenix in OT Thriller

3 days ago

LaMelo Ball Leads Hawks, Taipans Beat Bullets Again

16 September 2019

Fourth Place Frustration for Boomers in China

15 September 2019

FIBA World Cup Bronze Medal Game | Australia v France Preview

15 September 2019

Prather Shines In United's Big Win, Taipans Smash Bullets

14 September 2019

Starting Five: World Cup Heartbreak

14 September 2019

Spain Again Breaks Boomers Hearts in Double OT

13 September 2019

Watch Live | Illawarra Hawks vs Melbourne United

13 September 2019

FIBA World Cup Semi-Final | Australia v Spain Preview

13 September 2019

Starting Five: Boomers Two Wins from Gold

12 September 2019

Australia Advance to World Cup Final Four

12 September 2019

NBL Partners

Naming Rights
Major Partners
Broadcast & Media Partners
Profile Partners
Suppliers
Associates