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SportSydney Kings shade Perth in NBL thriller

20:31  06 december  2018
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Perth sweat on Cotton for Kings clash

Perth sweat on Cotton for Kings clash Perth are likely to leave a final call on whether NBL MVP Bryce Cotton plays in Thursday's blockbuster against Sydney until tip-off. Cotton flew to the harbour city with his teammates but it remains unclear if he will return from a thumb injury. His inclusion would give coach Trevor Gleeson an entirely healthy squad to choose from against the Kings. Gleeson’s ladder-leaders have yet to face the Andrew Bogut-led Kings, who had won five of six matches before last week’s two-point loss to champions Melbourne United.

Melbourne United have survived a late Sydney Kings comeback to claim a dramatic 84-82 win. United guard Mitch McCarron stepped up when it mattered United led 77-70 with four minutes to play but former league MVP Jerome Randle sparked Sydney 's comeback with a pair of three-pointers before

The Sydney Kings are an Australian professional men's basketball team competing in the National Basketball League ( NBL ). The team is based in Sydney , New South Wales. The Kings were formed from a merger between the West Sydney Westars and the Sydney Supersonics in October 1987.

Sydney Kings shade Perth in NBL thriller© AAP Image/Brendan Esposito Brad Newley of the kings is seen during the Round 8 NBL match between Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats. Andrew Bogut and Andrew Gaze are adamant Sydney has plenty more upside after the Kings indicated they could be genuine NBL contenders with a hard-fought 77-72 home win over ladder leaders Perth.

The Kings led by 15 in the second quarter and by 13 early in the final quarter at Qudos Bank Arena on Thursday.

But Perth, who suffered just their second loss in 12 games, showed all of their renowned resilience to get within one point inside the last five minutes of a tense contest.

Brad Newley and Kevin Lisch each scored 16 for Sydney, while Nick Kay and Terrico White each tallied 17 for Perth; Clint Steindl contributed 16 off the bench.

Perth coach laughs off 'boofhead' Bogut

Perth coach laughs off 'boofhead' Bogut Perth NBL coach Trevor Gleeson has given a cheeky explanation of his clash with Sydney star Andrew Bogut during their loss to the Kings.

Sydney Kings have continued their late-season NBL resurgence by walloping the Perth Wildcats 84-56. It was the Kings ' second upset win over the The third term was all Sydney as Perry continued to prove a match-up nightmare against Perth 's big men and gun point guard Jerome Randle found his

Kings down Taipans in NBL OT thriller . Brisbane Bullets upset Perth in NBL . Andrew Bogut to play in NBL , signs with Sydney Kings . Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images.

A 10-0 run in the second quarter sparked by six straight points from the energetic Newley broke open a previously close game and helped push Sydney to a 43-33 half-time lead.

Perth were again without their league leading scorer Bryce Cotton, but had inspirational skipper Damian Martin back from a calf injury and the tenacious defender helped limit Jerome Randle to a season-low eight points.

"The positive is I think our ceiling is far away compared to most of the teams in this league," said Bogut, who contributed ten points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Bogut dominates as Kings pip Breakers

Bogut dominates as Kings pip Breakers Veteran centre Andrew Bogut was a one-man NBL juggernaut as the Sydney Kings held off the New Zealand Breakers 71-70.

An incredible performance at both ends of the court in the last seven minutes of the game has seen the Perth Wildcats beat the Sydney Kings 76-75 in a heart

Gaze was of a similar mindset after his side improved to 6-4, with their sixth win in eight games.

"We had to grind it out, but we still feel like we've got a lot more to give," Gaze said.

Perth didn't get their first free throw till almost halfway through the second quarter, by which time Sydney had nailed 12 of 14 attempts from the charity stripe.

Sydney led by as much as 15 in the third quarter, but Perth slashed the deficit to six as the Kings missed five straight field goal attempts before the home team steadied to hold a nine-point buffer going into the final term.

Perth coach Trevor Gleeson said the his side could have lost the game by a double-digit margin so he was generally happy with the effort.

"We had a lot of looks and the ball wouldn't go in today for us but our energy and our spirit wasn't compromised," Gleeson said.

He hoped Cotton would return for Sunday's home clash with Cairns.

Title talk still a no go for Sydney Kings.
They're the form team of the NBL but Sydney aren't getting carried away with their recent good showings.

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