Crocodiles inflict St Valentine’s Day Massacre on United

United’s second half of the season went from bad to worse as it was hammered 105 to 68 in Townsville last night, this loss means that United come home from Queensland (aka Sunshine Swing) burnt in more ways than one as they went win less during their Queensland stay.

United were hoping the most romantic day of the year would give them some love but instead it was Townsville who was showing the love to their fans with a 28 to 17 opening quarter.

The love fest continued with Townsville scoring 25 points to 16 before really turning it on in the third quarter with a 31 points to 16 effort, United steadied in a high scoring 21 points apiece last quarter but at the final buzzer it was a 37 point win to Townsville.

McRae top scored with 24 points followed by Taipans players Norton and Conklin who both scored 23 points each, Townsville had 57.3% success shooting field goals, 37% with three pointers and 90% Free Throws whilst United had 38.5% FG, 35.5% 3PT and 66.7% FT, see FIBA LiveStats for all the details.

With all of Townsville’s reported troubles this season, it is hoped their late season form will inspire coaches, fans and most importantly sponsors to push on for next year.

Basketball fans around the country get the feeling that United’s last two games against Sydney are a godsend for players, coaches, owners and fans as they seek to leave their ‘Foundation’ season behind.

If a poem could be written about the game it will probably read as something like this;

Roses Are Red
Violets Are Blue
Too Bad United
The Crocs Ate You


United Ballers got Crocodile Rocked

The eyes of the majority of Australia were focused on the Australian Open last night but not far away from the action at Hisense Arena, Melbourne United Ballers discovered that despite all of Townsville’s problems in recent seasons they can bite hard and so the United Ballers fell to Townsville 81 to 69.

The loss hurt United Ballers more when hours earlier Adelaide smashed Sydney to keep pace with and then pass Melbourne United Ballers into fourth spot which is the last finals spot.

The situation is that Adelaide must hold on to their one win advantage over Melbourne United Ballers for if the two sides finish equal in wins then United Ballers will get through based on outscoring Adelaide in their matches this season.

Melbourne Tigers fans unhappy with Melbourne United Ballers have never been more grateful to Adelaide and Townsville and hope that other NBL teams have equal success against United Ballers to shut the team out of the finals and prove that a name, culture and history change doesn’t do a thing when the side can’t make the finals.