NBL Wrap - round five
NBL Wrap - round five

PERTH WILDCATS 89 (Shawn Redhage 20, Kevin Lisch 18, Brad Robbins 11) beat
NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 64 (Cedric Jackson 15, Will Hudson 12, Corey Webster 11)

These two entered the much-anticipated clash with contrasting fortunes, but a major form reversal saw the Wildcats hand the Breakers a second defeat in as many meetings this season. Shawn Redhage and Kevin Lisch found their mojos and the Wildcats sent more than 11,000 fans inside Perth Arena into a frezy. New Zealand have suffered just two losses all season – both to the team they beat to win the championship last season.

CAIRNS TAIPANS 76 (Jamar Wilson 19, Brad Hill 15, Cameron Tragardh 12) lost to
SYDNEY KINGS 83 (Ben Madgen 29, Corin Henry 15, Darnell Lazare 14)

Ben Madgen continued his hot start to the season with a game-winning 29-point haul. The Taipans rallied in the final quarter to send the game to overtime, but it was the Kings who extended their impressive record in Cairns to 15-4.

TOWNSVILLE CROCODILES 63 (Gary Ervin 18, Todd Blachfield 11, Peter Crawford 11) lost to
PERTH WILDCATS 68 (Kevin Lisch 15, Jesse Wagstaff 15, Matt Knight 13)

So near yet so far for the Crocs, who have now lost 10 straight games to open the season. There is no way back from here. On the flip side, this was a gutsy win by the Wildcats, who bounced out of a three-game losing streak with two impressive results in round eight. Kevin Lisch has found his scoring touch again, which will be vital to their chances at the business end of the season.

MELBOURNE TIGERS 66 (Jonny Flynn 19, Lucas Walker 11, Seth Scott 10) lost to
WOLLONGONG HAWKS 74 (Adris Deleon 18, Glen Saville 15, Larry Davidson 12)

Adris Deleon was the hero in the final quarter for the Hawks. After a tense first three periods, Deleon cut loose to drop 11 points in the last to get the Hawks over the line. It was a grind, but the Gordie McLeod’s men will take another road win as they look to cement a place in the top four. Jonny Flynn’s game-high 19 points weren’t enough for the Tigers.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ben Madgen continues to produce for the Kings and it’s hard to go past his 29-point haul in Cairns as the best individual performance of the week. With Madgen on fire, the Kings could continue to surprise a few people this season and could even make a run at the play-offs.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Surely the Sydney Kings are starting to make a few people take notice of their exploits this season. Tipped to struggle this season, Shane Heal’s men have performed beyond expectation so far. “Now we’re developing a belief,” Heal said. “I loved it and I know our guys are starting to embrace that. I’m proud of our efforts across the board. We were selected to finish last; there’s still people picking us to finish second last. But no-one picks us to win.”

LADDER

Wollongong 7-1
New Zealand 7-2
Perth 5-3
Adelaide 5-3
Sydney 6-4
Cairns 3-6
Melbourne 2-6
Townsville 0-10

ROUND NINE

Perth v Sydney (Friday)
New Zealand v Melbourne (Friday)
Townsville v Adelaide (Friday)
Adelaide v Sydney (Sunday)
Cairns v Wollongong (Sunday)

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