Melbourne United Win A 4 OT Classic


In case you missed it last night, the NBL turned on one of the most entertaining games in years with a four-overtime thriller.

Heavily-favoured Melbourne United emerged victorious 123-122 after a see-sawing emotional affair that featured clutch shots, exhausted players, strange decisions and enough drama to last throughout the weekend.

Social media was buzzing during and after the game, only the second 4 OT game in league history.

United got its usual contributions from Josh Boone (24 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks despite cramp) and Chris Goulding (23 points and some unbelievably huge 3โ€™s) as well as new men DJ Kennedy (21 and 9) and Mitch McCarron, whose fresh legs were instrumental in the late going.

As for Casper Ware, the electric point guard struggled at times offensively, but he played more minutes than anyone (nearly 56!), hit a couple of huge shots and saved the game with an incredible play on the defensive end.

Illawarra were brave, getting an unreal performance from Todd Blanchfield (26 points and seven rebounds), while often lethargic AJ Ogilvy came alive with 15 points and an incredible 21 rebounds. Brian Conklin added 17 and 7 and sent the game to a second OT with a clutch jumper.

It doesn’t get easier for the two spent teams now, with both fronting up on Sunday. Illawarra travel to Perth, while United are home to New Zealand.

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