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NBL Standings
 1. 36ers 0-0 
 2. Breakers 0-0 
 3. Bullets 0-0 
 4. Hawks 0-0 
 5. Kings 0-0 
 6. Taipans 0-0 
 7. United 0-0 
 8. Wildcats 0-0 
State Standings
Big V
 1. Knox R. 16-4 
 2. Ringwood H. 16-4 
 3. Waverley F. 16-4 
 4. Eltham W. 15-5 
 5. Casey C. 11-7 
 6. McKinnon C. 10-9 
 7. Werribee D. 9-10 
 8. Diamond V.E. 7-13 
 9. Hawthorn M. 5-13 
 10. Hume City 5-14 
 11. Corio Bay S. 4-14 
 12. Whittlesea City 1-18 
Premier League
 1. N.Adelaide R. 13-4 
 2. Southern T. 12-5 
 3. Norwood F. 11-6 
 4. W.Adelaide B. 10-6 
 5. Sturt S. 10-7 
 6. Forestville E. 9-7 
 7. S.Adelaide P. 8-9 
 8. Woodville W. 6-11 
 9. C.District L. 3-14 
 10. Eastern M. 2-15 
 1. Mackay M. 12-2 
 2. Brisbane C. 10-2 
 3. Townsville H. 9-3 
 4. Sunshine CR 8-4 
 5. Cairns M. 8-5 
 6. SW Metro P. 8-5 
 7. Logan T. 8-6 
 8. Brisbane S. 6-7 
 9. Rockhampton 6-8 
 10. Gladstone P. 4-7 
 11. Suncoast PC 3-8 
 12. Ipswich F. 3-10 
 13. Gold Coast R. 3-10 
 14. Toowoomba M. 1-12 
 1. Willetton T. 19-4 
 2. Joondalup Wolves 19-6 
 3. Geraldton B. 17-6 
 4. Stirling S. 14-9 
 5. Perth R. 14-11 
 6. Cockburn C. 13-9 
 7. SW Slammers 12-9 
 8. Perry Lakes H. 12-11 
 9. Lakeside L. 10-15 
 10. Rockingham F. 9-14 
 11. East Perth E. 8-16 
 12. Goldfields G. 6-16 
 13. Kalamunda E.S. 6-19 
 14. Mandurah M. 4-18 
 1. Nunawading S. 15-5 
 2. Ballarat M. 13-7 
 3. Dandenong R. 12-8 
 4. Geelong S. 12-9 
 5. Albury W.B. 9-11 
 6. Melbourne T. 6-12 
 7. Canberra G. 4-15 
 1. Mt Gambier 16-3 
 2. Hobart C. 11-8 
 3. NW Tasmania 11-9 
 4. Sandringham S. 9-10 
 5. Bendigo B. 9-12 
 6. Frankston 8-13 
 7. Kilsyth C. 8-13 
 8. BA CoE 2-10 
 1. Sydney Comets 16-1 
 2. Bankstown B. 13-5 
 3. Hornsby S. 11-7 
 4. Norths Bears 11-7 
 5. Manly Warr. 10-8 
 6. Maitland M. 10-8 
 7. Cent.Coast C. 8-8 
 8. Hills H. 8-10 
 9. Illawarra H. 5-13 
 10. Newcastle H. 3-15 
 11. Sutherland S. 2-15 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Cotton, Wildcats23.1 
 2. Ware, United22.1 
 3. Randle, 36ers21.3 
 4. Prather, Wildcats19.5 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.1 
 6. Newley, Kings17.6 
 7. Clarke, Hawks17.4 
 8. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 9. Goulding, United16.9 
 10. Lisch, Kings16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Boone, United9.3 
 2. Craig, Bullets8.0 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks7.6 
 4. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.1 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Whittington, Kings6.4 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.3 
 10. Knight, Wildcats6.0 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.4 
 4. Dillard, Breakers4.8 
 5. Ware, United4.5 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.1 
 8. Sobey, 36ers4.1 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lisch, Kings1.9 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.7 
 3. Dillard, Breakers1.6 
 4. Prather, Wildcats1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Cotton, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Ware, United1.3 
 9. Newley, Kings1.2 
 10. Martin, Hawks1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 2. McKay, Wildcats1.4 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 4. Boone, United1.1 
 5. Whittington, Kings0.9 
 6. Powell, Kings0.8 
 7. Jervis, Bullets0.8 
 8. Carter, Breakers0.7 
 9. Maric, Kings0.7 
 10. Hodgson, 36ers0.7 
Player of the Week

 Casey Prather
  ( 198-F/G-91 )

 Desmond Simmons
  Waverley F.
  ( 198-F-92 )


Australian Basketball (Men)

Play-Off bracket4
First Round Schedule
Breakers 57% Oct.8 Taipans
Wildcats 57% Oct.7 Bullets
Kings 57% Oct.7 36ers
Taipans 57% Oct.6 Hawks
36ers 57% Oct.5 United
Check Full Games/Schedule
Next Round Schedule

Round 21 (Regular Season)

Big V
Casey C. 85% Jul.23 Corio Bay S
Ringwood H. 80% Jul.23 Diamond V.E
Hawthorn M. 57% Jul.23 Hume City
Whittlesea C Jul.23 Werribee D. 75%
Eltham W. 50% Jul.22 Casey C.
Corio Bay S 54% Jul.22 Hawthorn M.
Hume City 70% Jul.22 Whittlesea C
McKinnon C. Jul.22 Knox R. 60%
Werribee D. Jul.22 Waverley F. 76%
Premier League
Eastern M. Jul.22 Southern T. 86%
N.Adelaide R 65% Jul.22 W.Adelaide B
Sturt S. 65% Jul.22 S.Adelaide P
C.District L Jul.22 Norwood F. 79%
Forestville 61% Jul.22 Woodville W
Sunshine CR Jul.23 Brisbane S. 52%
Logan T. 83% Jul.23 Ipswich F.
Gold Coast R Jul.22 SW Metro P. 79%
Suncoast PC Jul.22 Brisbane S. 64%
Rockhampton Jul.22 Brisbane C. 66%
Cairns M. Jul.22 Gladstone P 51%
Toowoomba M Jul.21 Ipswich F. 55%
Mackay M. 63% Jul.21 Brisbane C.
Townsville H 79% Jul.21 Gladstone P
Mandurah M. 67% Jul.23 Goldfields G
Cockburn C. 64% Jul.23 Geraldton B
SW Slammers 76% Jul.22 Goldfields G
Stirling S. 65% Jul.22 Geraldton B
Lakeside L. Jul.22 Perry Lakes 51%
E.Perth E. Jul.22 Cockburn C. 59%
Willetton T 60% Jul.22 Joondalup Wo
Perth R. 75% Jul.21 Mandurah M.
Perry Lakes 63% Jul.21 SW Slammers
Rockingham F 74% Jul.21 Kalamunda E
Stirling S. 50% Jul.21 Willetton T
Sandringham 82% Jul.22 BA CoE
Nunawading S 63% Jul.22 Albury W.B.
Kilsyth C. Jul.22 Melbourne T 55%
Dandenong R Jul.22 Frankston 52%
NW Tasmania 76% Jul.22 Canberra G.
Bendigo B. Jul.22 Ballarat M. 64%
Melbourne T 76% Jul.22 BA CoE
Hobart C. 65% Jul.21 Canberra G.
Mt Gambier 73% Jul.21 Albury W.B.
Geelong S. 58% Jul.21 Sandringham
Sutherland S Jul.23 Manly Warr. 74%
Bankstown B 52% Jul.22 Norths Bears
Hornsby S. 83% Jul.22 Illawarra H
Hills H. Jul.22 Sydney Comet 84%
Cent.Coast C 74% Jul.22 Newcastle H
Maitland M. 78% Jul.22 Sutherland S
Taipans year in review - May 16, 2012

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Aaron Fearne
After the Taipans fairytale run to the 2011 iiNet NBL Championship Grand Final, hopes were high in Far North Queensland for a repeat.

While the departures of Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California), Ronald Dorsey (197-F/G-83, college: McNeese St.) and Daniel Dillon (194-G/F-86, college: Arizona) to Melbourne, few outside Cairns expected them to mount a playoff challenge, but behind MVP runner-up Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Albany) they remained in the hunt until Round 24 when injury finally caught up.

Coach Aaron Fearne looks back on the season and ahead to 2012/13.

It was a pretty difficult start to 2011/12 wasnt it, with three of your starting five leaving?

Definitely. I wanted to keep a chunk of the team wed put together and gone to the finals with. A classic example is what Perth, Gold Coast and New Zealand have been able to do. We added six new players to our group from last year, so it was somewhat starting over because we do run the Shuffle and a lot of things we do defensively are somewhat complex.

Then the season is about to start, Alex Loughton, Ian Crosswhite and Jamar Wilson are injured and you have a rookie import in Andrew Warren, were you a little worried?

That was definitely a concern. Alex and Ian had no pre-season, Jamar popped his pec and was pretty much getting ready to get sent home before we got some news that he could play without it. Andrew was definitely pretty close to going home and then he found his form and was phenomenal from that point on.

When Alex and Ian came back Dusty (Rychart) went down and missed the next 15 games, so we only played something like five games with Alex, Ian and Dusty all playing together and the year before they were a huge part of our success.

You must have been happy to have kept around the .500 mark early?

I thought Jeff Dowdell, Dean Brebner and Aaron Grabau moving to the four-spot did a great job of holding things together so we could move on. We got to 7-7 and I thought if we got to that point wed get better at the back end of the season.

We won seven of our next 10 from that point. Then Alex wins player of the week and strains his Achilles that same week and was pretty much done for the year, and Ian unfortunately lands on someones foot at training and is effectively out for the rest of the year. So we kind of ended how we started.

There were some bad nights when teams locked out Jamar, did you need another ball-handler?

I think we were extremely similar to most teams except for Perth, Gold Coast and New Zealand. We definitely had some games where we were pretty poor offensively and a lot of pressure got put onto Jamar to make plays, and we definitely need another legit guy doing that.

You look at the top three, theyve got two guards who make plays off the bounce, that answers the question. We need another legit playmaking guard at the two-spot, but thats not an easy thing to do either when we dont spend to the cap.

What about the offensive inconsistency, can you explain it?

No (laughs).That patch where we won seven-of-10 we were shooting 46 or 47 per cent as a team, we couldnt have been playing much better or shooting much better. But then we had games where we just couldnt knock shots down. We were doing enough shooting during the week, maybe too much. We were definitely covering the bases that way.

Did that lack of continuity of guys knowing the Shuffle offence play its part - guys not getting rhythm shots?

Thats definitely a huge part of it. I look at it two ways, I either throw the Shuffle out and go with something simple if were going to have a high turnover of guys all the time, or weve got to keep our core group together. Once we get good at running it its very difficult to defend.

Youve recruited Cam Tragardh, Cam Gliddon and Clint Steindl, that seems like a very offensive focus

Weve been one of the top three defensive teams the past two or three years. Weve established ourselves as a pretty gritty defensive team, but weve struggled to put enough pressure on the scoreboard, so were just trying to get a better balance. Youve got to have people who can score and thats what were trying to add to the puzzle.

Will we see a different style from Cairns this year?

No, well definitely continue to run the Shuffle, and when the opportunity presents to push the ball well do that. The games just easier when youve got guys who can shoot the ball. Cam Gliddon and Clint can obviously shoot it, Tragardh runs that middle lane pretty well and Jamar can do what he does. Were trying pretty hard to get Alex done as well, because when hes on hes pretty good as well.

So does that change what you are looking for from your second import?

Yeah, we will probably be looking for more of a big banger, a wide body whos tough and physical. But Ive got plenty of time to get that done.

Sounds like Aron Baynes, a North Queensland boy

Yeah that type of player. Unfortunately we dont have the coin to get Aron just yet, he has aspirations of really establishing himself in Europe and we obviously support that. But hes a Cairns boy, so well see what happens down the track.

Courtesy of NBL   

Jack Ocwieja
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Balletti Park Hotel Viterbo (Serie C Gold) added to their roster 24-year old Australian center Jack Ocwieja (211-93, college: Grambling State). He played last summer at Sunshine Coast Rip in Australian QBL. In 13 games he had 4.2ppg and 3.2rpg in 2016 season. Ocwieja has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Tigers and McKinnon Cougars. He attended Grambling State until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player. By Eurobasket Data Center (via @el...   [read more]

Australian State League round 20 best performance: Desmond Simmons - 2 days ago
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State Leagues Round-Up - 3 days ago
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