Melbourne United consolidated their top spot on the NBL ladder, handling Cairns Taipans 101-76 in a fanless Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
With just two games left, United improved their record 26-8 for the season, just before 25-9 defending champions Perth Wildcats.
The margin stayed in double digits for most of the night, and Dean Vickerman’s squad in cruise control led to a pivotal meeting with Perth on Friday night. < The win came in response to a disappointing double overtime against the Sydney Kings on Saturday. The sense of urgency was evident in an explosive breakout in the first quarter between 29-13.
Dave Barlow, veteran United striker, lit the Qudos Bank Arena after sitting outside on Saturday night.
Barlow shot a scorching 46.3 percent from depth during the season and managed catch-and-shoot jumpers from all angles to achieve a season high of 16 points in 4-on-4 shooting from below.
Scotty Hopson, the contestant for the best sixth man award, added to the rush, scooping 18 points off the bench. Overall, United shot 16:30 from a distance and collected 23 assists on 37 baskets to achieve the overall victory.
While Cairns has not been in the final for weeks, the confidence-building win was the perfect vote for United on the eve of what they hope for a championship run in NBL 21.
Due to the current outbreak of Covid in Victoria, the path to the final is a bleak path for United, which began with the game against Cairns from Melbourne to Sydney.
Next, the ladder leaders are scheduled to meet with the runner-up Wildcats in Perth on Friday before ending the regular season with a Sunday afternoon clash against the Adelaide 36ers scheduled for the John Cain Arena earned 10 points on a perfect 4-on-4 off the field in the first quarter, looked like he was going to see a monster night in Sydney. The only thing slowing him down was bad problems.
Landale left after finishing third at 5:05 to play in the second quarter. At the beginning of the second half on the bench, he would return to the game at 4:42 in the third game. In total, he only took 21 minutes and ended up with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Taipan’s veteran and former NBA big man Nathan Jawai sees an increased workload towards the end of the season. Averaging just 8.1 points and 14.7 minutes per game throughout the season, Jawai started that game, recording 10 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes. He also passed a significant milestone, scoring 2,000 career points on an offensive rebound and rolling back in the second quarter.
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