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NBL Standings
1. Sydney K. 27-3
2. Melbourne T. 22-8
3. Brisbane B. 20-10
4. Perth W. 18-12
5. Townsville C. 17-13
6. Cairns T. 16-14
7. N.Zealand B. 16-14
8. Gold Coast B. 15-15
9. Adelaide 36ers 14-16
10. W.Sydney R. 10-20
11. Wollongong 9-21
12. Singapore S. 6-24
13. Melbourne SD 5-25
Melbourne Tigers win NBL Championship (Photo: Herald Sun)

Nathan Jawai - All-Star Game MVP (Photo: The Age)
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Ere, BRI 27.1
2. Hodge, ADE 24.6
3. Penney, NZB 24.0
4. Ballinger, ADE 22.5
5. Redhage, PER 22.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Anstey, MEL 12.0
2. Rickert, NZB 10.7
3. Jawai, CAI 9.6
4. Knight, SIN 9.5
5. Holmes, MSD 9.5
Assists Per Game
1. Hodge, ADE 5.9
2. Black, CAI 5.6
3. Crowe, GCB 5.4
4. Ingles, SMD 4.9
5. Franklin, WOL 4.9
Steals Per Game
1. Greene, NZB 2.9
2. Hinson, WSR 2.1
3. Draper, SYD 1.9
Blocks Per Game
1. Anstey, MEL 1.9
2. Cooper, ADE 1.6
3. Alston, NZB 1.4
1. Hoare, MEL 60.5
2. Vanderjagt, TOW 58.3
3. Pepper, TOW 58.1
1. Bruton, BRI 46.8
2. DeVries, WSR 44.2
3. Harvey, GCB 44.1
Free Throws
1. Black, CAI 91.0
2. Rillie, TOW 90.5
3. Jones, NZB 87.0

   ¬† All-Australian NBl Awards 2008

All-NBL 1st Team






Player of the Year: Chris Anstey of Melbourne Tigers
Domestic Player of the Year: Chris Anstey of Melbourne Tigers
Import Player of the Year: Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) of Brisbane
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Anstey of Melbourne Tigers
Most Improved Player of the Year: Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83) of Wollongong Hawks
Sixth Man of the Year: Dontaye Draper (180-G) of Sydney Kings
Rookie of the Year: Nathan Jawai (207-C-86) of Cairns Taipans
Coach of the Year: Brian Goorjian of Sydney Kings

All-Australian NBL 1st Team
Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) (Brisbane)
Chris Anstey (Melbourne)
Mark Worthington (202-F-83) (Sydney)
Kirk Penney (194-G-80) (New Zealand)
Shawn Redhage (202-F-81) (Perth)

All-Australian NBL 2nd Team
Nathan Jawai (Cairns)
Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79) (Adelaide)
Corey Williams (191-G-77) (Townsville)
CJ Bruton (188-G-75) (Brisbane)
James Harvey (196-G/F-79) (Gold Coast)

All-Australian NBL 3rd Team
Kavossy Franklin (188-G-75) (Wollongong)
Paul Rogers (213-C-73) (Perth)
Julius Hodge (199-G-83) (Adelaide)
Dontaye Draper (Sydney)
Darnell Hinson (186-G-80) (West Sydney)

All-Imports 1st Team
Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) (Brisbane)
Shawn Redhage (202-F-81) (Perth)
Corey Williams (191-G-77) (Townsville)
Dontaye Draper (Sydney)
Kavossy Franklin (188-G-75) (Wollongong)

All-Imports 2nd Team
Darnell Hinson (186-G-80) (West Sydney)
Julius Hodge (199-G-83) (Adelaide)
Larry Abney (206-F/C-77) (Cairns)
Rod Grizzard (203-G-80) (Singapore)
Dusty Rychart (201-F-78,) (Brisbane)

All-Domestic Players 1st Team
Chris Anstey (Melbourne)
Mark Worthington (202-F-83) (Sydney)
Kirk Penney (194-G-80) (New Zealand)
Nathan Jawai (Cairns)
CJ Bruton (188-G-75) (Brisbane)

All-Domestic Players 2nd Team
James Harvey (196-G/F-79) (Gold Coast)
Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79) (Adelaide)
Paul Rogers (213-C-73) (Perth)
David Barlow (205-F-83) (Melbourne)
Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) (South)

Malbourne Tigers 2007-08
Al Westover Al Westover
Darryl McDonald
Sean Lampley
Dave Thomas
Chris Anstey
David Barlow
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT


Rychart Dusty 201 (6'7'') F 78 USA


Bruton CJ 188 (6'2'') G 75 USA-AUS


Ere Ebi 195 (6'5'') G/F 81 NGR-USA


Black Stephen 186 (6'1'') G 80 IRL-AUS


Mackinnon Sam 197 (6'6'') F/G 76 AUS


Hill Michael 197 (6'6'') G 78 AUS


Bradtke Mark 209 (6'10'') C 68 AUS


Gibson Adam 188 (6'2'') G 86 AUS


Baynes Callum 203 (6'8'') F/C 82 NZL-AUS


Gurney David 194 (6'5'') F 85 AUS


Niesler Nathan 188 (6'2'') G 83 AUS


Williamson Brad 197 (6'6'') F/G 81 AUS


Boucher Dillon 196 (6'5'') G 75 AUS
Head Coach: Joey Wright

   ¬†Brisbane Bullets won NBL Championship 2007
Sydney - Melbourne 73:85
The Melbourne Tigers completed the Grand Final series with a close victory at the Sydney Entertainment Centre today and clinched the NBL title. The spirit could have been low for the Tigers after they lost the chance to decide the series at home. But Melbourne did not say die and resurrected in the fifth game to upset the regular season champs and the hosts of the game Sydney to be crowned the new NBL champions. The encounter turned out to be a bunch of nerves with the outcome being solved in the last minutes. Sydney rushed into the game taking it aggressively at both end and supported well by a sell-out home crowd. As the defense prevailed the Kings accumulated a 19:16 lead after the opening frame. The home side stretched the gap to 7 points at the start of the second period but now the Tigers began waking up. They trimmed the deficit and surged ahead when Chris Anstey (213-C-75) fired from downtown. Dave Thomas (204-G/F-76, college: Michigan St.) picked up the scoring frenzy and dropped back-to-back triples to enlarge the margin to 9 points for the Tigers. Sydney however cut to 6 at halftime 38:44. The seesaw battle continued after the break. Brian Goorjian 's outfit quickly denied the difference and retained the lead. Chris Anstey had to head to the bench getting his fourth personal foul but it never prevented Melbourne from regaining the advantage and entering the fourth period up by 2 points 63:61. Melbourne dropped 8 straight points at the start of the final quarter and ran away to a 10-point distance. It was too much for the hosts. And though they battled bravely throughout the fourth stanza it was too much too handle for the Sydney Kings and they lost the game at the end. Chris Anstey finished with 21 points and 12 boards. Dave Thomas secured the same 21 points and 12 boards, while Sean Lampley (201-F-79, college: California) added 12 points and 6 boards for the champions. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) had 17 points for the Kings. Isiah Victor (206-F-78, college: Tennessee) dropped 16 points and pulled down 8 boards in defeat. Both teams struggled in accuracy as the Kings converted 32%, while the Tigers notched 34% of field goals. The visitors at the same outrebounded Sydney 56:47 and forced the hosts to 12 turnovers.
Sydney: Mark Worthington 17, Isiah Victor 16+8 boards, Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) 8
Melbourne: Chris Anstey 21+12 boards, Dave Thomas 21+12 boards, Sean Lampley 12

   Aussie All-Stars - World All-Stars 146:141
The NBL All-Star Game took place at the Cage in Melbourne and gathered a sell-out crowd of basketball fans. Cairns rookie Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) exploded with a 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Aussie All-Stars to an impressive victory. A 21-year-old prospect was named the All-Star Game MVP. Aussie led all the way through the encounter and celebrated a spectacular victory in the annual show. Aussies led by as many as 9 points after the opening break. Stephen Black (186-G-80) drained consecutive three-pointers for Aussies to extend the margin to double digits. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) and Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) nailed a couple of jumpers late in the second frame as the deficit grew thinner and Australian All-Star were up by 9 at halftime. The gap was well-maintained by Aussies in the third stanza as they headed into the fourth term leading by 11 points. Stephen Black was massive with three triples early in the fourth period to clear Aussies off for good. Stephen Black drained game-high 27 points for Aussie All-Stars. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) produced 18 points and 8 assists, while James Harvey (196-G/F-79) came up with 14 points for the hosts. Sean Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Arizona St.) answered with 23 points for World All-Stars. Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama) scored 19 points, while Kirk Penney, Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) and Larry Abney (206-F/C-77, college: Fresno St.) finished with 16 points apiece.
The three-point shootout was won by West Sydney Razorbacks guard Troy DeVries (193-G-82, college: N.Mexico). He was challenged by NZ Breakers sniper Kirk Penney. DeVries scored 14 points from beyond the arc, while Kirk Penney picked up 9 points in the final round.

Aussie All-Star 146: 3.C.J.Bruton (13), 7.Joe Ingles (18), 22.Mark Worthington (9), 13.Chris Anstey (8), 15.Nathan Jawai (24) - quinteto inicial - 9.Paul Rogers (10), 31.Stephen Black (27), 20.David Barlow (18), 12.Glen Saville (5), 33.James Harvey (14). Ent: Brian Goorjian.
World All-Star 141: 3.Corey Williams (15), 25.Ebi Ere (16), 6.Kirk Penney (16), 42.Shaun Redhage (23), 54.Adam Ballinger (14) - quinteto inicial - 21.Larry Abney (16), 11.Rod Grizzard (19), 5.Kavossy Franklin (8), 1.Cortez Groves (11), 8.Darnell Hinson (3). Ent: Al Westover.

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