NBL1 Central Round 5 Preview
Shout out to the person who did last weeks - I would love to hear their thoughts again this round as they nailed some unusual results last round. I'll give it my best shot here.
Norwood vs Eastern
Norwood had an interesting weekend, dropping to West and beating South, while the Mavs continued to struggled. Gun guard Koko had a down weekend after a great start to his NBL1 career. CJ Turnage will be a problem for the Mavs as will the big import Green who is finding his feet. His matchup with Aleer will be interesting.
Norwood by 19.
Sturt vs North
Sturt keep on rolling, shutting down Woodville like no other team has yet, restricting import Jacobs to pedestrian numbers. Sturt have a balanced attack and don't rely too heavily on any one player. The Rockets finally got a win over West which was a big surprise to many. While that was a good win, the Sabres and coach Rigoni are a step up in class from what the Bearcats and Corey dished up Sunday.
Sturt by 12.
Woodville vs Forestville
Sturt may have shown the blueprint for beating Woodville last week and the Eagles big 3 are in great form at the moment, with both Mays and Harris in the top 5 for scoring and Brine pitching in a double double. The Mays vs Jackson battle will be epic, but Forestville have the experience to win this one.
Forestville by 6.
Centrals vs Southern
Southern had an amazing weekend, going 2-0 getting a win no one saw coming over South and taking care of business against Eastern. They did it with a balanced scoring attack from their starting 5, albeit without much help from their bench. McCalop is showing he's deserving on mention with Mays and Jackson for best bigs in the competition, his matchup with Lual Diing will go a long way to determining this one. Centrals snuck Dave Humphries in there and had an immediate impact against Forestville with 21. He no doubt makes them very strong contenders.
Southern by 8.
West vs South
Two teams who will be disappointed by the weekend, West giving up a golden opportunity to go 2-0 on Sunday and South dropping the bundle. Is pressure building on Petty? If he loses the team before reinforcements arrive, would they look to make a change mid season? It's a lot of money to spend to not deliver. Corey has been here before and will know how to get his guys up for the challenge.
West by 3, although on paper I have South by 15.
Based on the weekend I would say Petty is the coach most on the hot seat, while Morrell showed his worth for the Tigers and Rojo took big steps towards making a subpar team competitive.
Some great clashes this weekend, and in fact I think most weekend in what is shaping as a very tight league with some great talent. Would love some game reviews from those that do attend.