National Basketball League
Friday 22nd December 2017
Tip Off 19.30
Melbourne United 99 Adelaide 36ers 91, attendance 8,089
United Starters :
D. Barlow 7 pts, 2 reb
C. Goulding 22 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast
T. Wesley 14 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 2 blk
C. Ware 24 pts, 2 reb, 5 ast
J. Boone 4 pts, 12 reb, 1 ast, 2 blk
D. Anderson 5 pts, K. Adnam 2 pts, T. Smith-Milner 0 pts, C. Muller 8 pts, P. Holley 11 pts, F. Van Hove 2 pts
36ers Starters :
D. Johnson 20 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
N. Sobey 19 pts, 3 reb, 1 stl
M. Hodgson 1 pt, 1 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk
J. Childress 18 pts, 8 reb, 2 stl, 1 blk
S. Shorter 11 pts, 11 reb, 5 ast, 4 stl, 1 blk
B. Treys 3 pts, S. Johns 0 pts, N. Larkins 0 pts, M. Deng 14 pts, R. Moore 5 pts
@ Hisense Arena
2, Olympic Boulevard
AUD $54 Admission
Programme, Download Only.
Unlike the N.B.A. in the U.S.A., matches here are played over 4 x 10 minute periods, rather than the 4 x 12 minute format. The standard here would be similar to the top colleges in America.
Once Melbourne got in front, it all looked to be going very comfortably for them. Adelaide led by 4 points early on, but at one stage, Melbourne were up by 16 points. With 1 minute 28 seconds left on the clock, Melbourne led 91-83, but a superb comeback looked on the cards, as Adelaide reduced it to 93-91 with just 23 seconds left, before the hosts hit back to seal the win.
Hisense Arena is a multi- purpose venue that is part of the National Tennis Centre at Melbourne Park. It was opened in 2000 and hosts games in the Australian Open Tennis as well as netball and track cycling, which requires a re-configuration of the seating. Basketball matches here have a 10,500 capacity. Public transport is ideal for this venue as Tram No.70 stops right outside.