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Melbourne United have celebrated Chris Goulding's 300th national league game in style with a dominant 112-90 victory over Adelaide 36ers.
United produced the highest first-quarter score of the NBL season to set up Saturday's win at Melbourne Arena as they returned to the winners' list following back-to-back losses on the road.
Melbourne's 33-point start eclipsed Perth Wildcats' season-best opening quarter set one night earlier in their huge win against the top-ranked Sydney Kings.
Strikers smash Sixers to go top in WBBL
Sarah Coyte starred with the ball and Sophie Devine the bat as the Strikers secured their maiden WBBL win over the Sixers to enhance their claims on top spot. Sophie Devine (46 not out) ensured the Strikers made light work of the Sixers' paltry 9-93, slashing the winning runs with 29 deliveries to spare on Saturday.
Melbourne United star Chris Goulding returned to form to lead his side to a comprehensive 95-69 victory over the Sydney Kings in Melbourne on Monday night. Looking to bounce back from a 79-70 loss in Cairns last Saturday, United outscored Sydney 24-13 in the second quarter and powered home to
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While United could not match Perth's record-setting pace in the second stanza, they withheld a fierce comeback from the visitors to lead by 14 at halftime before closing out the win in the second half.
Shawn Long put his recent struggles behind him with a dominant performance as he compiled 34 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks while Melo Trimble added 20.
Casey Prather provided valuable support with 17 points off the bench while Goulding connected on four three-pointers to finish with 14.
A 34-point outburst from import Eric Griffin kept the Sixers in the hunt alongside guards Julius Randle (17) and Brendan Teys (16).
Goulding may have been the milestone man but it was Long who grabbed the spotlight in the first quarter with 12 points and six rebounds as United ran all over the visitors, Prather draining a three-pointer on the buzzer for a 33-17 lead.
Sydney WBBL teams surrender proud record
The Sydney Sixers have beaten the high-flying Adelaide Heat but it was not enough to secure a WBBL semi-final berth.It's the first time in women's domestic cricket league history that a NSW team won't feature in the finals of a competition, dating back 22 years to the start of the Women's National Cricket League in 1996-97, the women's Twenty20 Cup (from 2009-10) and WBBL (from 2015-16).
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Melbourne extended their advantage to 19 points early in the second term but an offensive burst from Griffin and effective minutes from Teys fuelled a Sixers fightback, a 10-0 run cutting United's lead to six.
But baskets from Shea Ili and Prather helped steady the home side while Long put an exclamation mark on United's 58-44 halftime lead with strong one-handed dunk.
The Sixers kept the points flowing in the third quarter but were unable to eat into the home side's large advantage despite Griffin reaching 30 points as his late triple closed the gap to 83-71.
United quickly shut the door on Adelaide's hopes in the final term as Goulding kicked off the celebrations with another long bomb before setting up Long for the three-point play as the lead blew out beyond 20 points.
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Mitch Marsh will be fit to start the Big Bash season for Perth Scorchers but won't be bowling in matches for at least another week.Marsh hasn't played since he broke his hand punching a dressing room wall in October, derailing any chances he had of keeping his Test spot this summer.