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Three-Points We Learned: NBL Blitz Session #2

Melbourne United 106 – Illawarra Hawks 99 Welcome to the NBL, Dean Demopolous and Stephen Holt Under the guidance of a new head coach and with several new faces, the new-look Melbourne United showed off their high-octane offensive flair with a tournament high 106 points. The Ballers were led by import point guard Stephen Holt, who shot a game high 27-points on the back of his impressive inside-outside game. He looked very much at home at NBL level and his team is going to be fun to watch. Hawks still raining threes Without former League MVP’s Kevin Lisch and Kirk Penney, most would assume that Illawarra would be less perimeter orientated. However they were still more than willing to challenge Melbourne from outside the arc. 14 successful efforts from 30 attempts would generally be enough to win most NBL fixtures. However, engaging Melbourne in the long game didn’t yield the desired result for the Hawks, with United landing 18 from their 33 long range bombs. Hakim is here to #HardBall Although he is probably still learning half of his teammates names, the former NBA excitement machine showed us glimpses of what NBL fans have to look forward to this season with two of his hallmark dunks. If you’re on the court, he wants to dunk on your head! It’s what has earned him notoriety throughout his extensive career, so strap in because this guy is here to put on a show!   Adelaide 36ers 95 – Sydney Kings 84 Adelaide still don’t need a shot clock The off-season hasn’t done anything to diminish the fast paced style that the 36ers’ are famous for. Adelaide forced the Kings to foul with their uncompromising offense and that kept the 36ers’ tally ticking over throughout the game. They shared the minutes and shots and looked cohesive regardless of whatever combination of bodies were on the floor. Marcus Thornton is smooth The Boston Celtics’ draftee showed why he is so highly rated; splashing an array of shots off the dribble that demonstrated how deadly and diverse his armoury is. His fearless disposition and silky smooth release leaves many believing that this guy will contend for this season’s League scoring honours. Daniel Johnson is back! While the 36ers’ centre may have trouble guarding some opposition big men in this year’s competition, it looks as though he has recaptured his mobility and all-star form. Johnson was instrumental in fouling out Julian Khazzouh after the Sydney big dominated early on. With Khazzouh on the pine and without marquee import Josh Childress, the Kings lacked presence inside the paint. This proved to be the turning point in the game.
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