MELBOURNE UNITED OPEN NBL21 IN STYLE
|Championship favourite Melbourne United has stamped itself as the team to beat with an emphatic 24-point win over the Adelaide 36ers in the opening game of the Hungry Jack’s NBL season.|
A dominant second half by Melbourne helped set up an 89-65 win over the Sixers in the NBL21 season opener in front of 6,539 fans at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
Adelaide led by two points after a hotly contested first half but United outscored the home side 52-26 after half time to run out comfortable winners. Melbourne had five players score double figures and were well led by Jo Lual-Acuil with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds and Shea Ili with 13 points and four rebounds.
Chris Goulding (16 points including five three pointers) and Jock Landale (10 points and eight rebounds) were also strong contributors. In his first NBL game, Japanese international Yudai Baba added 10 points off the bench.
Daniel Johnson was outstanding for the 36ers with 27 points and five rebounds. NBL Next Star Josh Giddey showed glimpses of brilliance and playmaking ability with seven points, seven rebounds and four assists.
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The Hungry Jack’s NBL Tip-Off Supporting Pancare will continue with a big Saturday night double header. The Brisbane Bullets will host The Hawks at Nissan Arena at 5:30pm AEDT, with the game broadcast on SBS VICELAND, SBS On Demand, Sky Sport and Twitch.
It will be followed by the Cairns Taipans facing off against last season’s grand finalists the Sydney Kings at the Cairns Pop-Up Arena at 8pm AEDT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN, SBS On Demand, Sky Sport and Twitch.