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Saturday, 9 March 2019

United lock down Wildcats to level GF series


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Melbourne United have defeated Perth 92-74 to level their best-of-five NBL grand final series at 1-1.

The match unfolded in a similar fashion to game one of the series, won 81-71 by the Wildcats, in which the home side dominated after halftime to take control of the contest.

After tight opening half on Sunday afternoon at Melbourne Arena that included 12 lead changes, United outscored Perth 26-16 in the third quarter before running away in the final term.

Melbourne outpaced the Wildcats on the fast break, scoring 21 points to Perth's four, while enjoying a 32-19 advantage in bench points.

DJ Kennedy

Game three will be played on Friday night in Perth, with United's victory ensuring the series will return to Melbourne next Sunday for game four.

All five starters finished with double-figure points for Melbourne, Casper Ware leading the way with 14, while Chris Goulding added 14 off the bench.

Perth answered every challenge in the first half but could do little to prevent the defending champions squaring the series, despite the scoring efforts of Bryce Cotton (19) and Terrico White (17).

Melbourne came out running in the opening quarter, David Barlow providing an early boost with a pair of three-pointers but a 6-0 burst allowed Perth to reel in Melbourne's lead to level at 20-20.

Bryce Cotton

United appeared to regain the initiative in the second quarter as they jumped out to a five-point lead, but Cotton broke free to connect on three long bombs to keep the Wildcats close.

Cotton finished with 14 points for the half but a Goulding triple ensured Melbourne took a 42-41 into the main break.

After missing all eight shots in the first half, Ware opened the third quarter with a triple to spark United's run, while Goulding capped a 13-2 start with a long bomb as Perth's frustration grew.

The visitors cut the deficit to eight approaching the end of the third stanza but a timely three-pointer from Peter Hooley put Melbourne ahead 68-57.

Goulding opened the final quarter with his third triple of the game for a 14-point advantage before combining with Ware to put the match beyond Perth's reach.

Melbourne United have defeated Perth 92-74 to level their best-of-five NBL grand final series at 1-1.

The match unfolded in a similar fashion to game one of the series, won 81-71 by the Wildcats, in which the home side dominated after halftime to take control of the contest.

After tight opening half on Sunday afternoon at Melbourne Arena that included 12 lead changes, United outscored Perth 26-16 in the third quarter before running away in the final term.

Melbourne outpaced the Wildcats on the fast break, scoring 21 points to Perth's four, while enjoying a 32-19 advantage in bench points.

DJ Kennedy

Game three will be played on Friday night in Perth, with United's victory ensuring the series will return to Melbourne next Sunday for game four.

All five starters finished with double-figure points for Melbourne, Casper Ware leading the way with 14, while Chris Goulding added 14 off the bench.

Perth answered every challenge in the first half but could do little to prevent the defending champions squaring the series, despite the scoring efforts of Bryce Cotton (19) and Terrico White (17).

Melbourne came out running in the opening quarter, David Barlow providing an early boost with a pair of three-pointers but a 6-0 burst allowed Perth to reel in Melbourne's lead to level at 20-20.

Bryce Cotton

United appeared to regain the initiative in the second quarter as they jumped out to a five-point lead, but Cotton broke free to connect on three long bombs to keep the Wildcats close.

Cotton finished with 14 points for the half but a Goulding triple ensured Melbourne took a 42-41 into the main break.

After missing all eight shots in the first half, Ware opened the third quarter with a triple to spark United's run, while Goulding capped a 13-2 start with a long bomb as Perth's frustration grew.

The visitors cut the deficit to eight approaching the end of the third stanza but a timely three-pointer from Peter Hooley put Melbourne ahead 68-57.

Goulding opened the final quarter with his third triple of the game for a 14-point advantage before combining with Ware to put the match beyond Perth's reach.

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