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NBL1 Central: Men's Round 15 Previews

A rare double header weekend will put pressure on the thin line ups and injured, as well as the referees who are probably the thinest line up of all (although certainly not in body size)

First up the Warriors will welcome back Boonstoopel and be on a high after a late, very late 3 point shot got them their first win in a long time last night against the Panthers. A welcome return to shooting form from Stanbridge and import Joe Jackon (25, 16 & 5) but will it be enough to push the back in form Sabres.
Sturt's trio of guards lived up to expectation but it was 9/11 for 19points from Max Calligeros that proved the difference last night in their comfortable win over the 2nd placed Eagles. Shooting 51% as a team certainly helped.
Unfortunately for the Warriors I think their late season winning streak will be over as soon as it begun, while many are questioning if it should have even started.

Double-Header rounds in NBL1 Central are rare, even moreso when both of those games are at Home. The Panthers return to The Shed to try and hold off the on fire Norwood Flames. After last night's results Norwood have overtaken the Panthers and moved into the 5, with a game in hand, this one is key to the Panthers chances of Finals for Season 2021. Mudronja continued his impressive form last night with 32 & 13 and Hulland continued his outside inside (mostly outside) play. Points helped but what the Panthers really need is his presence inside especially today against two imports that love to go to work around the hoop. 7 rebounds a game in the smallest NBL1 league in the country for a 7 footer simply isn't enough, especially with their leading rebounder Starling still out. The support cast also went missing last night with two players accounting for 65% of their score less than 24 hours ago.
Meanwhile Team CJ was anything but last night. While Turnage was his usual self with 17 7 & 8, the Flames had 6 players in double-figures amassing 116 points against a top 5 side in a 29 point win. Lycett was back to his Wollocott form across the court and Green will certainly present problems for the South bigs that prefer to do their work at mid-range or further.
The Flames depth will be too much in this one, pushing the Panthers further outside the 5 and almost locking in a Top 5 berth for the surging Flames.

If ever a team needed a comfortable win its the Southern Tigers right now. Their shooting form has left them, their zone defence simply not getting it done and the weaknesses in their line up standing out for all to see. Some athletic plays from Koop McCalop and Cameron Coleman couldn't hide the fact this team is in a slump. Coleman shot just 11% in his return from injury, but it was their inability to stop the Flames from running and scoring that was the concern.
The Mavs have looked much improved over recent weeks but that's considering they were a long, long way behind the rest of the League to start. Raneberg had another quality showing supporting Will Wise III and the team's bigggest surprise for the season in Tom Cromarty.
Unfortunately improvement is one thing, being competitive is another. Southern will get back on the winners list here to remain in 3rd and hopefully find their form with 3 rounds to go.

A danger game for the Rockets assuming Dech will again be missing. The Lions at home jumping out of the gates last night and finished the game off even better to knock off their closest neighbours. The Rockets again looking vulnerable relying on too few to do it all. McVeigh lead the way again but even 19 points from Dau against his old team wasn't enough as the rockets only had 4 scorers of note (excluding 2 points from Staude). Coach Nyberg may need to bite the bullet and get some minutes into his bench to take the pressure off his starters.
The Bearcats are coming off a comfortable win at Mt Barker clamping down the Mavs to just 69 points for the game. With no playing running for more than 23 minutes they should be fresh and ready to go in this one, looking for revenge for their early season loss to the out of form Rockets at the time.
I'm tipping the Bearcats to get the upset (of sorts) and be too deep and enerfetic for the tired legs of North.

Another bizare double at home this time Centrals hosting Forestville. A Brine less Eagles didn't have the numbers to go with a deep Sabres line up last night with only 4 players troubling the scorers for more than a few points. 40% against Sturt when you're giving up 51% would also be a concern. Big games from Harris and Mays will be needed in this one with some pressure on Rios and Atuer to contribute more from the backcourt.
The Lions on the other hand are 4 wins from their last 5 and after convincingly beating North last night find themselves in 4th and a realistic Finals chance awaits. The Lions big 4 again stepped up and their shooting form and athleticism will cause major problems for the Eagles missing Brandon Brine. Most Improved Player of the League Lual Diing with 19 & 12 along with major contributions from Manyang, Maharaj and Humphries will ensure the Lions home fans will be happy once more this weekend.
I'm tipping another upset of sorts with the Lions to run over the Eagles up at Gawler.



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Anonymous  
Last week

Anyone know how long Dech is out for?

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Anonymous  
Last week

He didn't play today but the Rockets were impressive in beating the Bearcats by about 15. Speaking of relying on too few, West struggles to get any contributions outside of the imports and Akok

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Anonymous  
Last week

Dech 4 to 6 weeks out

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Anonymous  
Last week

Some interesting results. Are west now done? Any hope for Woodville? And the biggest of all... are South now done?

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anon  
Last week

West are done!
Earnest has lost interest.
Corey hasn't got the bench depth.
His rotations suck.

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TNTMarv  
Last week

Looking ahead with three weeks to go Sturt are locked in the 5.
Looking at match ups I'd predict the balance of the 5 to be Forestville, Southern, Norwood & North.

South, Centrals & Woodville to miss out by 1 game.

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Anonymous  
Last week

SA probably heading into a lockdown so there is a fair chance of a pause in the season

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Anonymous  
Last week

TNT that would put West 9th. McLean would be on the hot seat if that's the case.

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TNTMarv  
Last week

If West beat Woodville on Saturday they could finish as high as 7th depending on other results.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Lockdown? Isn't there 1 case?

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Anonymous  
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Why are results and replays not available for all weekend games on the NBL1 app

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TNTMarv  
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There's always issues with the video feed from some venues or stats uploading. Those games they repair during the week. They'll be available once they have done that.

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Anonymous  
Last week

#452 and there you have it

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TNTMarv  
Last week

Tough call for Basketball SA now. Restrictions til Friday but what are the chances they are extended.

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Anonymous  
Last week

All basketball cancelled. BSA don't have a tough call to make. They (like all sports, indoor and out) can't play

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TNTMarv  
Last week

All basketball cancelled until Friday. NBL1 is on Saturday.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Friday at this stage

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Anonymous  
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You'd think if teams have not had the opportunity to practice all week and there are likely to still be indoor restrictions in place of the weekend that NBL1 will postpone those games until the following week.

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TNTMarv  
Last week

Norwood and West have two games this weekend so that's two more double header weekends for them if that's the case.

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Anonymous  
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They wouldn't allow players to not train all week and then play Saturday, would they?

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Anonymous  
Last week

Ummm, why wouldn't they. Level playing field.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Probably no games this weekend.

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Anon  
Last week

Definitely no games this week.. complicated reschedule with a catch up game required as well... looking like another double header weekend coming soon... testing time for some big minute vets with finals to follow...

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Anonymous  
Last week

Surely some mid week games at a neutral venue would be a better option than multiple double header weekends?

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Anonymous  
Last week

Why at a neutral venue

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Anonymous  
Last week

Probably because stadiums aren't sitting around unused in middle of week except in lockdowns.
Doing what the did the other year and having a full round played at arena on a Wednesday if that's available, would clear up some backlog.

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Anonymous  
Last week

And cost thousands of $$$

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Anonymous  
Last week

There's much cheaper ways to do it. Cheaper than running games at 5 different venues.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Once the lockdown is over which I'd predict will be 2 weeks based on the delta strain and if we get more cases, it would make more sense to run all games at Titanium - more spectators would attend for multiple games - that's revenue. Open some food stalls - additional revenue to compensate the cost. 1 location for all players, coaches, etc to attend. Easier to filter crowds and more seating for social distancing. It's not rocket science. Yes local clubs will lose their revenue but hey that's life during a pandemic.

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Anonymous  
Last week

After the lockdown there will be ongoing restrictions on indoor venues and contact sport. There are other issues regarding The Arena or any of the non BSA venues as well. It's not as simple as you make it out to be.

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Anonymous  
Last week

#762 exactly

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Anonymous  
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NBL1 South and Central games scheduled for this weekend have officially been postponed.

Numbers rising in Vic and NSW have to be a concern to any potenial end of lockdowns and further restrictions after that. NBL South has the added issue of teams across three states.

Real possibility both Leagues are done.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Central should be fine. South trickier due to interstate teams.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Indoor sports will have more restrictions than outdoor sports as before. May get a week or 2 slapped on top. Arena logical in terms of location, unsure of logistics. And expect fans to be limited to start with.
And food stalls in a pandemic? Also don't fancy $10 for a bucket of soggy chips or cold hot dog. BSA will have to cover cost unless they come up with another genius plan.
It'll be a race to the finish, older and/or small bench may play a factor if it's 2 games a week for 3 or 4 weeks. At this stage of season, training tends to taper off to rest sore bodies and niggling injuries to get them right for finals. This will probably work best for Sturt amongst teams.

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Anon  
Last week

Might hurt north if mcveigh needs to report for JJ duties.. not like can fifo...
When would they be expecting players to be on deck..

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Anon  
Last week

Lockdown ain't stopping after a week.. Marshall keeps referring to nsw and Vic and what might happen...they need to get out of lockfown first.. hope we can get a roll of zeros happening donuts....

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