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Oct 14

Game 3 Aust Tigers v Shenyang Dinosaurs

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After having lost narrowly in the previous games against the “Dinos”, the boys and coach Andrew “Keefy” Gaze were primed to register our first win for the tour.

Zaryn had missed the first two games after injuring his ankle and he was suiting up for the first time on tour despite some bruising in his foot remaining. It was great to see him suiting up for the first time.

The Tigers started the game slow again and the Dinos jumped out to an early lead. As seems to be the pattern, we fought our way back into the game and the lead changed several times in the first half.

Oct 12

Game 2. China Tour. Aust tigers v Shenyang Dinosaurs

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Game two of the China tour took place on Tuesday night here in Shenyang and it turned out to be a cracking game. The Aust Tigers boys piled ourselves into a bus and travelled for 90 minutes to a neighbouring city to take on the same team we encountered the night prior.

We arrived to find another terrific stadium to play in and a near capacity crowd of 6,000 people in attendance.

Our first problem for the night was that both teams had only brought their dark outfit to the game and this would cause identification issues during the game, As it turned out it was not such a big deal.

Oct 11

Game 1 Aust Tigers v Shenyang Dinosaurs

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 The Aust Tigers played our first game of the tour last  night and the Dinosaurs won by 8 after a impressive game by the under prepared Aust Tigers. The drama of the tour commenced on the first day when our shooting guard Zaren injured himself at shoot around several hours before the game. Strangely enough it was not on the court but happened as he left the venue knocking his shouldert on the way out and then twisting his ankle on an uneven footpath on the step down. It goes down as the unluckiest 20 seconds of Zarens life and due to this unusual accident he would not play in the ffirst game.

Arriving at the venue we were amazed by the size of the Dinosaurs team. Josh Powell was in the line up, he has been playing with the Los Angeles Lakers for the past few seasons and was spending a season with the Dinosaurs due to the lock out in the NBA.

The game was a sell out and just short of 5,000 basketball fans were at their vocal best supporting the Dinosaurs.

Oct 10

China tour. October 2011.

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Annually Andrew Gaze along with the owner of Golden Star Bing Liu conducts several basketball tours to China. Currently a group of Australian players with varying levels of basketball experience are on tour with the first game commencing today, Monday the 10th of October. Amongst our group is CJ Massingale from Knox, Tim Lang from Kilsyth, Shane McDonald from Nunawading, Daniel Joyce and Ryan Barnes from Ballarat..

Currently in Shenyang we play our first game against the Shenyang Dinosaurs as part of their preparation for the upcoming Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season. Shenyang is north of Beijing and after arriving here late yesterday and after a workout this morning, hopefully our guys are ready to go.

With the NBA lockout, there are a host of current and former NBA players sprinkled amongst teams throughout China and tonight the Dinosaurs have a former NBA centre from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Oct 03

New Season, New NBL DreamTeam Season

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Four days untill the season tip off and must admit starting to get a little excited. I have just been informed that the NBL dream team fantasy league has opened and with four days before the start of the season thats not long to pick a ten man side.

Anyone interested head to and log in, and if interested in joining a league my code is  167348.

Sep 14

Khazzouh's put back lifts Kings over Tigers in bizarre finish

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In a remarkable come from behind victory, the Sydney Kings have defeated the Melbourne Tigers, 84-83, in an NBL pre-season affair at Kilsyth.

Kings big man Julian Khazzouh capped of an amazing finish to the game when he wrestled an offensive rebound off a missed free-throw to put back the game winner with 4.3 seconds remaining.

Patty Mills, in his first public outing for the Tigers, missed a potential game-winner as time expired.

Khazzouh's heroics capped off an unbelievable run from the Kings, who after trailing by eleven points (70-81) with two minutes left to play, stormed home to snatch the most unlikely triumph.

Khazzouh finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings, Aaron Bruce scored 14 points, Anatoly Bose had 11 points and 9 boards, while Jerai Grant added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the visitors.

Mills, who surprisingly started on the pine, paced the Tigers with 23 points. Lucas Walker finishing with 14 points, Cameron Tragardh 10 points and 7 rebounds, Ayinde Ubaka 10 points and Tommy Greer 10 points, hit double-digits for the Tigers.

The Kings opened the game strong, leading 15-6 after Grant flushed one home, and even after the Tigers snatched the lead on back-to-back triples from Mills, the Kings led 26-21 at the first break.

The Kings made that 47-40 on Luke Martin's jumper to beat the half-time sound, and kept their lead, 64-59, at three-quarter time after the Tigers trimmed back a 12 point deficit (64-52) with two minutes left in the third period.

The Tigers remained on a roll through the opening of the 4th stanza, extending their run to 18-0, before Ian Robillard finally threw up his hands and hollered for a time-out, the Tigers leading 70-64.

The Tigers appeared to have the champagne popped when Ubaka drained a pair of baskets to give the Tigers an 81-70 advantage entering the two minute warning.

Then in the blink of an eye, the Kings went into light speed as Khazzouh went back-to-back, the second finishing with three points the old fashioned way, then Bruce made it 77-81 with just over one minute on the clock.

Following a free-throw to Daniel Dillon, which gave the Tigers a 82-77 lead, Bruce drained a triple to bring the Kings within a basket.

Ubaka was sent to the line, making one of two with 17 seconds on the clock, the Kings securing the rebound and giving themselves one final shot.

Then it a bizarre finale, Mills fouled Bruce attempting a three-point field goal.

Bruce made the first and made the second, but his third free-throw missed, allowing Khazzouh to fly in and be the savior for the Kings with his put back.
Sep 09


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After 10 years and 277 games with the Melbourne Tigers, Daryl Corletto is set to leave the only NBL club he has ever played for and join forces with the New Zealand Breakers in 2011-12. It is believed he has signed a one-year contract with the reigning NBL premiers.

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Sep 08

Basketball back on the public radar...

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What a brilliant night it was at the "Cage" last night where the Boomers hosted the Kiwi's in game one of a best of three series to qualify for the London Olympics. In point form here are some positive aspects to the night: -

Both the Opals and Boomers teams won against a full strength Kiwis teams without arguably our two or three best players suiting up for each team

The venue was at capacity and the fans were vocal and having a great time

Sep 07

Comments please NP & AG

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Nigel and Andrew, spotted you guys at Boomers session at MSAC yesterday (Tuesday). What are your thoughts on the Boomers chances for tonight?

Jul 14

South Australia Metro Basketball....What is going on?

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The Australian under 16 Nationals are currently being played at Kilsyth here in Melbourne at the moment and like all basketball lovers, i decided to go and check out a game or two. After consulting the fixture, i saw that South Australia Metro were playing Vic Metro last night. Based on the reputation of South Australia metro i thought "good game" and myself and a posse decided to make the trek to Cold Kilsyth. Arriving at the game several minutes into the first quarter, i took my seat and the score was 21 to 2 in favour of Vic Metro.

I watched the game expected to see the SA boys make a run at it. Comments such as "South Australia always produce one or two good shooters...." I waited and watched and waited and watched and whilst the SA toiled and played their hardest, they ended up losing by fifty something points to the Vics.

The South Australian team had very little height and their structure seemed to be limited, so this led me to think, what is going on with South Australian basketball? These kids are all good players in their own right, but they took a massive hit by the Vic boys who are a good team. Never in my time in basketball in Australia have i heard of a Sth Australian team being fllogged by this margin.

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