NBL1 West JULY 2022
Unfortunately there seemed to be a technical error and my new topic wasn't posted on Friday!
Sorry to all who have been reading my write ups. I had some good picks in there too!
nonetheless Ill cover some of that in my recap. I cant recall what margins I picked but I do recall who I tipped to win each game.
Very interesting round was Round 12!
Slammers v Lightning - Fri @ Eaton
I picked the Lightning in this one but didnt expect it to be as close. Still no Reath for Lakeside. Ive not heard anything of whats happening there. Slammers debut for second import who was handy for them but not enough to get them across the line. Taliaferro went ballistic dropping 45 points and hitting 11-25 from 3 point land.
Redbacks v Flames - Fri @ Belmont
This was a ripper game which ended up going to OT. I picked Flames in this one but they really had to pull it out of the bag. Nelson channelling his inner T-Mac and scoring 8 points in about 10 seconds to send it to OT. Nelson is in freakish form right now and has gone to a whole nother level over the last few weeks. He had 39 pts on 56%Fg and 46%3pt in this game. Surely there are some NBL clubs out there that could use his services? Redbacks in a world of hurt losing this one and will be kicking themselves. They are practically 2 games out of the 8 now.
Buccs v Eagles - Sat @ Active West
Buccs continued their winning ways. Eagles continued their losing ways. With a big boost of talent to their roster, the Eagles would be disappointed in it not equating to anything by way of wins yet. This one went the way I and probably nearly every other pundit thought it would go with a big margin victory for the Buccs.
Tigers v Suns - Sat @ Willo
Tigers destroyed the Suns on saturday night. I have been suprised at just how far off the Suns have been this season with what was a reasonably talented roster. Its been a big drop off in competitiveness since Utley left. Many expected Ettridge to at least build from there, instead they have gone backwards sharply. Tigers hanging onto any hope of a playoff look they can but 2 games out will need to have other teams falter while they keep winning. I fear the Giants loss will come back to haunt them in the hunt for a spot. I did pick the Tigers in this one and they came away with a resounding victory.
Cougars v Wolves - Sat @ Wally Hagan
I picked the Cougars in this one and knew it would be a barn burner. Kudos to the Wolves for grinding it out away. Big win for them to stay in the hunt for a potential second place finish. Its a 3 way tie currently on the ladder with Flames, Senators and Wolves all 1 game behind the Buccs. Wolves have the head to head over Cougars now also after they beat them earlier in the season by 1.
Giants v Magic - Sat @ Niels Hansen
This was a danger game for both teams with the Giants in 6th and Magic in 7th before this round of games. Magic have had trouble getting this roster to gel and whilst they have the talent to beat any team in the league on their given night, time is running out for them to turn the corner. Bowie didnt play in this one which limited their scoring punch, not that he has been consistent in that space anyway. Turner struggled to have any impact. Armour likewise. It was Abrom and Jurlina that were the only real offensive threats. The Giants had such a spread of points across the board that it made it difficult for the Magic to hone in on 2-3 guys to shut them down. Their leading scorer with 15 points was Smith who rewarded the team after they gave him his first start of the season. I picked Giants purely because it was on their home floor and thought it was going to be a very close match but it turned out to be a big margin in the end. Magic drop to 8th, Giants rise to 5th but are 2 games out of the top 4.
Senators v Slammers - Sat @ Warwick
Not too much to recap here other than the Senators continue to win without Michaels. Slammers with 2 imports in this one were still a long way off the mark. Unsure when Michaels is slated to return but for now its not having much of any negative impact on the senators. I picked Senators in a big margin and it resulted in just that.
Lightning v Hawks - Sat @ Lakeside
I picked the Hawks to win this one big too. They got the win but by only 1 point. Hamilton hitting a game winning 3 to seal the game. It really shouldnt have been this close but sub par games from Purser and Isenbarger allowed the Lightning to stay in it. Anyone know where Reath is? His 20ppg would have been handy to have in this game!
Also some exhibition games on this weekend with the COE boys in town. Great to see some of our young WA talent performing well and clearly have continued to grow and develop over in Canberra. Henshall, Elliott, Condon and Kovatchev really doing WA proud.