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Around The Traps: NBL News #2

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  • Boti Nagy of the Adelaide Advertiser describes how the Adelaide 36ers killed off their slim Finals hopes in one play:

    Import Andrew Warren, who had carved up the Sixers in Cairns’ previous 72-67 win in Adelaide, had been well contained to two points when he saw daylight with 3:43 left.

    Daniel Johnson and Everard Bartlett rushed at him and fouled as his three-point basket swished, giving him a bonus free throw.

    Sixers coach Marty Clarke remonstrated with the officials, only to have his team smacked with a bench technical foul.

    That meant an additional two free throws to the Taipans, plus a sideline possession.

    Warren calmly potted his bonus free throw, then Jamar Wilson – who killed the 36ers with 25 points and four assists – stepped up to stick two more.

    On the additional possession, Aaron Grabau swished a three-point basket at 3:22 left, meaning effectively, in 21 seconds, Cairns had gone from 66-66 to 75-66.

    Ball game.

    It was an unforgivable moment of ill discipline which leaves the 36ers’ season languishing on a 5-12 record and the team currently arguably the worst in the league.
     

  • So, somewhat unsurprisngly, Ayinde Ubaka has joined the Wollongong Hawks after his axing by the Melbourne Tigers. Asa Schuster caught up with the new import in the Gong to see what he thinks of his new home and their upcoming matchup with the Tigers:

    As Ubaka tweeted, it’s #TimeForTheGong.

  • NBA, International and European basketball legend Vlade Divac visited the Sydney Kings today to pass on some words of wisdom. Check out the pictures here on facebook.

     

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