South started with a bang and finished with a flourish to record a 134-114 victory over the North in an entertaining All Star Game at Adelaide Arena on Saturday.
After Melbourne star Jonny Flynn (183-G-89, college: Syracuse) provided the foundation, fellow Tiger Chris Goulding (192-G-88) applied the finishing touches to be crowned NBL All Star MVP.
The athletic Goulding had 14 fourth-quarter points to finish with a game-high 24, along with five boards and four assists to cap a memorable day for Melbourne with Bennie Lewis winning the slam dunk contest.
Adelaide hometown favourite Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) (21 points) and Tigers import Seth Scott (19) routinely got the end of the superb work of Flynn (seven points, 10 assists) and New Zealand Breaker Cedric Jackson (12, 10).
North's brave charge was led by Sydney import Darnell Lazare (203-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Wollongong pair Adris Deleon (18 points, nine assists) and Lance Hurdle (18 points).
Running and gunning the South made a barnstorming start, leading 38-13 at the end of lop-side opening term.
Melbourne's ex-NBA guard Flynn wowed the crowd with some dazzling ball-handling skills, at one stage bringing the ball all the way down the floor with nothing but between-the-legs crossovers.
He had five assists for the term, including sensational alley-oop lobs to Jackson and Johnson to lead South's sizzling transition game.
Jackson had a crack at turning crowd-pleaser in the second period but narrowly missed two audacious windmill alley-oops from his own lob passes.
North fought back through the exploits of Deleon, who had 10 points at 100 per cent and four assists for the term, but Flynn had the final say of the half.
Isolated one-on-one against Townsville's Gary Ervin, Flynn faked a pass before drilling a second-chance buzzer-beating trey to make it 69-51 at the main interval.
Ervin caught fire in the third stanza with eight points at 100 per cent to slice the gap back to 82-79, and then Deleon continued the charge with five quickfire points of his own.
Three-point shootout winner Stephen Weight duly responded with back-to-back triples to keep the South clear 96-84 at three-quarter-time.
Ervin fired again in the fourth but the Southerners drew further clear with Scott, Jackson and Johnson prolific and Goulding delighting the crowd with a couple of stirring double-handed jams.
The thrill-a-minute contest ended with Deleon alley-oop passes to Hurdle and Lazare, but the day would belong to the South.
South All Stars 134 (Goulding 24, Johnson 21, Scott 19) North All Stars 114 (Deleon 18, Hurdle 18, Lazare 18) Courtesy of: http://www.nbl.com.au
Thon Maker (ex High School) signs at the Bucks - 4 hours ago
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Milwaukee Bucks landed 19-year old South Sudanese-Australian center Thon Maker (216-97, college: High School). This summer Maker was drafted by the Bucks in first round (10th overall). He just came directly from High School and it will be his second season in pro basketball. Milwaukee Bucks roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Matthew Dellavedova Tyler Ennis Malcolm Brogdon Giannis Antetokounmpo Michael Carter-Williams Rashad Vaughn Forwards: Mirza Teletovic Miles Plumlee John Henson Khris Midd... [read more]
Milwaukee Bucks landed 19-year old South Sudanese-Australian center Thon Maker (216-97, college: High School). This summer Maker was drafted by the Bucks in first round (10th overall). He just came directly from High School and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
The SKYCITY Breakers are once again taking their pre-season on the road, confirming today that the club will host the Brisbane Bullets in a three-city tour of New Zealand in September. In what looms as a mouth-watering three game series for last season's beaten Grand Finalists, the Breakers welcome a host of familiar faces in a tour that visits Tauranga (September 13), Napier (September 15) and Invercargill (September 17). The Bullets have assembled a championship contending roster under... [read more]
The SKYCITY Breakers are once again taking their pre-season on the road, confirming today that the club will host the Brisbane Bullets in a three-city tour of New Zealand in September. In what looms as a mouth-watering three game series for last season's beaten Grand Finalists, the Breakers welcome a host of familiar faces in a tour that visits Tauranga (September 13), Napier (September 15) and Invercargill (September 17). The Bullets have assembled a championship contending roster under the coaching of former Breakers mentor Andrej Lemanis , as he returns to club coaching post his Australian national team commitments at the Rio Olympic Games. SKYCITY Breakers General Manager Dillon Boucher says the series will give fans plenty to enjoy, as well as meet the needs of both teams in the lead up to what promises to be one of the best seasons yet. 'We are delighted to be taking our show on the road and to be visiting Tauranga, Napier and Invercargill. All three regions have shown a real commitment to showcase the game of basketball and I know will put on great shows for the fans in those cities. 'Brisbane might be newly returned to the competition, but they are already being talked about as being among the favourites with the roster they have assembled. With Andrej in the driving seat you know they are going to be a well prepared, well drilled and professional team in all respects. 'And of course we are delighted with our own roster, we have been able to attract a great group of players and with two more still to sign to the fulltime roster including an import player, we are anticipating an exciting season under new coach Paul Henare.' As well as Lemanis, the Bullets will feature former Breakers player Reuben Te Rangi (198-F/G-94) and include club legend CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) (one of only three players to have their numbers retired at the club) and Life Member Richard Clarke (former CEO) amongst their number on the support staff. The Bullets roster is loaded, with former or current Boomer players in Adam Gibson (188-G-86), Mitch Young, Tom Jervis (211-C-87, college: Troy), Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90, college: N.Mexico) and Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA), plus exciting American Torrey Craig and a yet to be signed second American import. And for the Breakers it will be a chance before the NBL Pre-Season Blitz in Brisbane a week later to play the entire roster for the first time, with new American import Ben Woodside, returning club favourite and New Zealand basketball legend Kirk Penney and 6'11' Tall Black Robert Loe (211-F-91, college: St.Louis) amongst the club's new signings. The Breakers will have signed their second American import and final New Zealand players in time for the tour and will showcase their entire roster (injury permitting) in the three games, with club favourites Mika Vukona (197-F-82), Tom Abercrombie, Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) and Alex Pledger all raring to go in another NBL season. Each of the venues is delighted to be bringing world class basketball to their regions. 'The Tauranga City Basketball Association is very excited to be bring the Breakers back to Tauranga,' said Mark Rogers, General Manager of TCBA. 'This will be a great opportunity for our passionate basketball community to see the best players in Australasia live. I'm sure the community is in for a great night's entertainment and basketball.' 'We are rapt to secure the SKYCITY Breakers to Hawkes Bay,' said Dan Rodden, General Manager of Pettigrew Green Arena. 'To be able to do this for the community of Hawkes Bay is a great achievement. With the community engagement programme including a game it will mean everyone in the community can get to experience the Breakers while in Hawkes Bay.' 'We are very excited to have the SKYCITY Breakers returning to Invercargill this year,' says Laura Morrison, Business Development Manager of ILT Stadium Southland. 'The Southland public have shown us how passionate they are to see top quality basketball here at home and we want to give them that. The Brisbane Bullets are an excellent opponent with the Australia, New Zealand rivalry strong and being the only South Island venue, we are expecting tickets to sell quickly. The crowd was amazing last year and we are hopeful for the same.'
SKYCITY Breakers Pre-Season Tour v Brisbane Bullets 13 September, Tauranga ASB Arena (Truman Lane)
15 September, Napier Pettigrew Green Arena Taradale
17 September, Invercargill ILT Stadium Southland Surrey Park Sports Centre, Invercargill Courtesy of: nbl.com.au
Brazil rally past Australia in test game - 1 day ago
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Brazil - Australia 96:67 Brazil claimed a comfortable victory over Australia in the exhibition encounter in Sao Paulo. Raul Neto (185-PG-92) provided 17 points to lead the winners. Brazil eked out a 21:19 lead after the opening quarter. The hosts followed with a strong 23:10 run in the second frame to secure a 44:29 halftime lead. The Boomers slowed the home side down in the third term. The Aussies pulled within 12 points heading into the fourth quarter. But Brazil sank 32 points in the... [read more]
Brazil - Australia 96:67
Brazil claimed a comfortable victory over Australia in the exhibition encounter in Sao Paulo. Raul Neto (185-PG-92) provided 17 points to lead the winners. Brazil eked out a 21:19 lead after the opening quarter. The hosts followed with a strong 23:10 run in the second frame to secure a 44:29 halftime lead. The Boomers slowed the home side down in the third term. The Aussies pulled within 12 points heading into the fourth quarter. But Brazil sank 32 points in the final stanza to ice the win. Marcus Vinicius Toledo (201-F-86) and Alex Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 13 points each for Brazil. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 18 points for Australia. Brock Motum (208-F/C-90, college: Washington St.) had 7 points in the defeat.
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