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NBL Standings
 1. 36ers 16-7 
 2. Hawks 12-11 
 3. Wildcats 11-11 
 4. United 11-11 
 5. Kings 11-12 
 6. Breakers 11-12 
 7. Taipans 9-12 
 8. Bullets 9-14 
Full Standings
Last:1/20/2017
State Standings
Big V
 1. Corio Bay S. 19-3 
 2. Waverley F. 18-4 
 3. Ringwood H. 16-6 
 4. Knox R. 16-6 
 5. Eltham W. 14-8 
 6. Hume City 12-10 
 7. McKinnon C. 11-10 
 8. Diamond V.E. 9-13 
 9. Werribee D. 8-14 
 10. Hawthorn M. 4-18 
 11. Whittlesea City 3-18 
 12. Bulleen B. 1-21 
Premier League
 1. Southern T. 20-1 
 2. Norwood F. 16-5 
 3. Sturt S. 15-6 
 4. Woodville W. 14-7 
 5. Forestville E. 14-7 
 6. W.Adelaide B. 11-10 
 7. N.Adelaide R. 6-15 
 8. S.Adelaide P. 5-16 
 9. C.District L. 3-18 
 10. Eastern M. 1-20 
QBL
 1. Townsville H. 13-3 
 2. Brisbane 13-5 
 3. Logan T. 12-5 
 4. SW Metro P. 12-5 
 5. Cairns M. 11-6 
 6. Mackay M. 11-6 
 7. Rockhampton 9-8 
 8. Ipswich F. 8-9 
 9. Gladstone P. 7-9 
 10. Suncoast PC 7-10 
 11. Sunshine CR 5-12 
 12. Gold Coast R. 5-12 
 13. Toowoomba M. 3-14 
 14. Bundaberg B. 2-15 
SBL
 1. Cockburn C. 22-4 
 2. Joondalup Wolves 21-5 
 3. Willetton T. 18-8 
 4. Geraldton B. 18-8 
 5. Rockingham F. 17-9 
 6. Stirling S. 17-9 
 7. Perth Redbacks 15-11 
 8. Perry Lakes H. 11-15 
 9. East Perth E. 10-16 
 10. SW Slammers 8-18 
 11. Lakeside L. 7-19 
 12. Goldfields G. 7-19 
 13. Kalamunda E.S. 6-20 
 14. Mandurah M. 5-21 
SEABL-East
 1. Brisbane S. 15-8 
 2. Geelong S. 15-9 
 3. Dandenong R. 13-11 
 4. Nunawading S. 13-11 
 5. Canberra G. 12-12 
 6. Albury W.B. 11-13 
 7. Ballarat M. 11-13 
 8. Melbourne T. 3-21 
SEABL-South
 1. Bendigo B. 20-4 
 2. Hobart C. 19-5 
 3. Mt Gambier 17-7 
 4. Sandringham S. 11-13 
 5. N W Tasmania 10-14 
 6. Kilsyth C. 10-14 
 7. Frankston 7-17 
 8. BA CoE 1-15 
WARATAH
 1. Norths Bears 16-4 
 2. Newcastle H. 15-5 
 3. Sydney Comets 13-7 
 4. Bankstown B. 12-8 
 5. Cent.Coast C. 12-8 
 6. Manly Warr. 9-11 
 7. Hornsby S. 8-12 
 8. Sutherland S. 8-12 
 9. Maitland M. 7-13 
 10. Hills H. 6-14 
 11. Illawarra H. 4-16 
Last:8/15/2016
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Ware, United22.6 
 2. Randle, 36ers22.2 
 3. Cotton, Wildcats21.4 
 4. Prather, Wildcats20.2 
 5. Newley, Kings17.4 
 6. Goulding, United17.2 
 7. Penney, Breakers17.0 
 8. Lisch, Kings17.0 
 9. Clarke, Hawks16.9 
 10. Sobey, 36ers16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  Bullets
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Craig, Bullets8.0 
 2. Boone, United7.8 
 3. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks7.0 
 5. Mitchell, Breakers6.9 
 6. Whittington, Kings6.6 
 7. Pledger, Breakers6.5 
 8. McKay, Wildcats6.5 
 9. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 10. Majok, United6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Dillard, Breakers5.3 
 4. Randle, 36ers5.0 
 5. Ware, United4.4 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.2 
 8. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 9. Sobey, 36ers3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin DILLARD
  Breakers
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dillard, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Lisch, Kings2.0 
 4. Prather, Wildcats1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Harris, Hawks1.5 
 7. Jackson, United1.4 
 8. Woodside, Breakers1.3 
 9. Ware, United1.3 
 10. Newley, Kings1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel MCKAY
  Wildcats
  (206-F/C-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. McKay, Wildcats1.7 
 2. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.3 
 4. Boone, United1.2 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.1 
 6. Carter, Breakers0.8 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Egwu, Taipans0.7 
 9. Wesley, United0.7 
 10. Jacobsen, 36ers0.7 
Player of the Week

 Nathan Sobey
  36ers
  ( 190-G-84-90 )
  

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Breakers 63% Jan.22 Wildcats
Bullets Jan.21 United 62%
36ers 75% Jan.21 Kings
Abney calls it a career after succumbing to injury - Dec 9, 2012


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Lawrence
Abney
From December 4, 2012.
Larry Abney's (203-F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fresno St.) basketball career has taken him across the globe for more than a decade but the feeling of flying high above the rim in front of thousands of Townsville Crocodiles fans is one memory that will always stick with him.

The two-time Crocs MVP has called time on his 12-year career on advice from his surgeon, who discovered a small hole in his thigh bone.

Abney had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week to clean up cartilage in his knee and sought advice from doctors before making a decision whether he would return to the court.

But the 35-year-old found out on Friday that his dream of helping Townsville to a maiden NBL championship would not be able to come true and he hopes to return to his California home before Christmas.

"I have a hole in my thigh bone in the joint where my knee goes and it will continue to get worse if I continue to try and play at this level and I will eventually need a knee replacement," Abney said.

The import said it was a surprise the knee injury - which has plagued him since his arrival in Townsville - ended his career after never having injured himself worse than a sprained ankle.

"I always pictured if I had a knee injury it would be in a blaze of glory coming off a rim and gripping my knee in pain," Abney said with a laugh.

"But I guess this was something that has built up over years and years of playing and this is the result of it."

The injury is a disappointing end to a successful career for Abney, who has played professionally on six continents for nearly two dozen teams.

"I've got so much to be thankful for and I'm not crying and don't want anyone to cry for me," Abney said.

"It's been an amazing run, way more than I ever set out to do but I did have a vision when I signed with Townsville that more than likely this was going to be my last year regardless. But I did have a vision of coming back and winning a championship with Townsville and going away like that."

He said his stints in Townsville, where he played for two seasons between 2005 and 2007 before returning this year, had been some of his best and he even got a southern cross tattoo on his arm after leaving the first time because he enjoyed it so much.

"I remember being here the first time when we'd sell out The Swamp and just throwing up that Birdman and having a crowd respond to that, you know," Abney said of his trademark post-dunk move.

"It's something that I'll probably never emulate again in my life but definitely I'll have memories of it forever."

Abney was able to let the bird fly once more for the Crocs faithful, dunking during the round six match against the New Zealand Breakers at The Swamp.   




Jermaine
Beal
Brisbane Bullets release Jermaine Beal - 6 hours ago
The Brisbane Bullets have released Jermaine Beal (191-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) from his contract with the club ahead of today's game against Melbourne United. Bullets Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said he did not make the decision to release Beal lightly, but felt it was in the best interests of the team, both in terms of winning games this season and building for the future. "We have not been able to get the best out of Jermaine, and he has not been contributing to the level that he want...   [read more]

Tony
Mitchell
Taipans sign Tony Mitchell, ex Hapoel Eilat - 22 hours ago
Cairns Taipans (NBL) signed 28-year old American small forward Tony Mitchell (198-98kg-89, college: Alabama). He started the season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 5 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Mitchell played at Hebei Xianglan in NBL where in 27 games he was the best scorer with impressive 42.9ppg and averaged 10.9rpg, 4.6apg (top 5), 2.5spg (in top 5) and 2.2bpg. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive sea...   [read more]

Torrey Craig
Gold Coast Rollers sign Torrey Craig - 3 days ago
TheGold Coast Rollers have kicked off a recruiting drive that has netted them current Brisbane Bullets NBL star Torrey Craig (198-F-90, college: USC Upstate). Gold Coast City Regional Basketball Association general manager Joel McInnes has described American Craig as "definitely the biggest signing by the Rollers in the club's state league history". Craig will switch to the Rollers for this year's Queensland Basketball League season that starts in April when his Bullets commitments are...   [read more]


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